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Present: Fred Cobain MLA (Chairperson)
Cathal Boylan MLA
John Dallat MLA
John McCallister MLA
Raymond McCartney MLA
Stephen Moutray MLA
George Robinson MLA
Jim Wells MLA
Brian Wilson MLA

In Attendance: Roisin Kelly (Assembly Clerk)
Clairita Frazer (Assistant Assembly Clerk)
Pauline Devlin (Clerical Supervisor)
Annette Page (Clerical Officer)

Apologies: Willie Clarke MLA
William Irwin MLA

The meeting opened at 10.34am in public session.

1. Apologies.

Apologies were received from Willie Clarke and William Irwin.

2. Chairperson’s Business.

3. Draft minutes of the Committee meeting on 28 November 2007.

The minutes of the meeting on 28 November 2007 were agreed.

4. Briefing from the Minister for Regional Development on Ports Policy Review.

The Minister for Regional Development, Conor Murphy and Departmental officials; Doreen Brown and Brian White, joined the meeting at 10.40am.

Cathal Boylan and Stephen Moutray joined the meeting at 10.45am.

The Minister for Regional Development briefed the Committee on the key issues arising from the proposed Ports Policy for Northern Ireland.

Members decided that a draft response based, on the discussion today, would be prepared for next week’s Committee meeting.

The Minister and the Departmental officials left the meeting at 11.07am.

5. Briefing from Northern Ireland Water.

Executives from Northern Ireland Water (NIW), Katherine Bryan, Ronan Larkin, George Butler and Mark Ellesmere joined the meeting at 11.16am.

The Committee received an oral briefing from the representatives of Northern Ireland Water in preparation for the Committee’s consideration of the Strand Two Report from the Independent Review Panel on Water. Key issues discussed were the existing and alternative models of corporate governance and structure, stakeholder interface and involvement and capital works programme and the process of engagement.

John McCallister joined the meeting at 11.38am.
The executives from Northern Ireland Water left the meeting at 12.10pm.
George Robinson left the meeting at 12.10pm.

6. Matters arising.

7. Subordinate Legislation.

Members were content with the following SL1s noted at the meeting of 28 November 2007:

Members noted the following new SL1s received:

Members noted receipt of The sixth Report of the Examiner of Statutory Rules to the Assembly and the Appropriate Committees, published on 26 November 2007. In the absence of any objections, the following question were put and agreed:

Question put and agreed:

“That the Committee for Regional Development has considered the SR 2007/463 The B7 Chapel Hill Road, Mayobridge (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2007; and has no objection to the rule.”

All those in favour – Cathal Boylan, Fred Cobain, John Dallat, John McCallister, Raymond McCartney, Stephen Moutray, George Robinson, Jim Wells and Brian Wilson.

There were no Members against.

Members were content that the Clerk should notify the Business Office on the decisions reached by the Committee in considering this Statutory Rule.

8. Correspondence

Members noted receipt of the following items of correspondence:

9. Any Other Business.

There was no other business.

John McCallister left the meeting at 12.47pm.

10. Date, venue and time of next meeting.

Next week’s meeting will be in Parliament Buildings in Room 144 at 10.30am on Wednesday 12 December 2007.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 12.49 pm.

Signed: ……………………………………………
Chairperson, Committee for Regional Development.
Dated: ………………………………………….

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