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Wednesday 13th February 2008
Ballymena Business Centre, Galgorm

Fred Cobain MLA (Chairperson)
Cathal Boylan MLA
John Dallat MLA
William Irwin MLA
John McCallister MLA
Raymond McCartney MLA
Stephen Moutray MLA
George Robinson MLA
Jim Wells MLA

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

Willie Clarke MLA
Brian Wilson MLA

The meeting opened at 10.42 a.m. in public session.

  1. Apologies.

Apologies were received from Willie Clarke and Brian Wilson.

  1. Chairpersons Business.

Members were reminded that due to the Committee visit to the Netherlands, the next meeting would take place on 27 February 2008.

Members agreed that their briefing papers for the Netherlands visit would be sent to them at their home addresses.

  1. Draft Minutes of the Committee meeting on 6 February 2008.

The minutes of the meeting held on 6 February 2008 were agreed.

  1. Matters Arising.

The Committee noted the copy of the Hansard transcript from the Assembly debate on the Review of the Draft Planning Policy Statement 14. Members noted that a revised draft PPS 14 should be published at the end of April 2008, and that this would be followed by a four month public consultation period.

  1. Briefing from Department of Regional Development officials on the 5 Year Review of the Regional Development Strategy.

Department of Regional Development official Ian Raphael joined the meeting at 10.50 a.m.

John McCallister joined the meeting at 10.54 a.m.

The Committee received briefing from the Departmental official on the Five-Year Review of the Regional Development Strategy.

Ian Raphael left the meeting at 12.01 p.m.

The Committee agreed to consider a draft response to the Review of the Regional Development Strategy at the next Committee meeting on 27 February 2008.

  1. Subordinate Legislation.

Members noted the following new SL1s received:

Members agreed to postpone further consideration of these SL1s pending receipt of further information from the Department on various aspects of the newly received SL1s.

Members indicated that they were content withthe following SL1s noted at the meeting of 6 February 2008:

Members noted receipt of the following Statutory Rule which is not subject to any Assembly procedure:

Members noted receipt of the following Statutory Rules subject to negative resolution. The Examiner of Statutory Rules will forward his report before the end of the statutory period.

  1. Correspondence.

Members noted receipt of the following items of correspondence:

The Committee moved into closed session at 12.08pm.

Members noted the following press articles:

  1. Any Other Business.

The Committee agreed to seek specialist advice on the proposal from the Great Northern Railway Company ( Ireland) Ltd for a Light Rail System in the Greater Belfast Area.

Stephen Moutray joined the meeting at 12.20 p.m.

  1. Date, Time and Place of Next Meeting.

The next meeting will take place on 27 February 2008 in Room 144, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 12.23 p.m.

Chairperson, Committee for Regional Development

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