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Fred Cobain MLA (Chairperson)
Michelle McIlveen MLA (Deputy Chairperson)
Cathal Boylan MLA
Allan Bresland MLA
Willie Clarke MLA
Tommy Gallagher MLA
Danny Kinahan MLA
Raymond McCartney MLA
Ian McCrea MLA
George Robinson MLA
Brian Wilson MLA

In Attendance:
Roisin Kelly (Assembly Clerk)
Trevor Allen (Assistant Assembly Clerk)
Andrew Larmour (Clerical Supervisor)
Alison Ferguson (Clerical Officer)


The meeting commenced at 10.36am in open session.

1. Apologies

No apologies were received.

Members noted papers which were tabled for consideration later in the meeting.

2. Draft Minutes of Meeting held on 13 January 2010

Agreed : The minutes were agreed, subject to amendment, for publication on the Assembly’s website.

3. Matters Arising

10.43am Mr Kinahan and Mr Robinson joined the meeting.
10.45am Mr McCartney joined the meeting.

4. Roads (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

Agreed: Members considered the Roads (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill and the associated Explanatory and Financial Memorandum and agreed to accept the principles of the Bill.

Agreed: Members noted a Delegated Powers Memorandum from the Department for Regional Development in relation to the Roads (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill and agreed to forward the memorandum to the Examiner of Statutory Rules for technical scrutiny and comment.

5. Briefing on noise measurement of air traffic in Northern Ireland

The Committee received a briefing from Assembly Research and Library Services on the measurement of air traffic noise in Northern Ireland.

Agreed: Following Members’ questions on the briefing, additional information was requested from Research and Library Services on the issues raised.

Agreed: Following receipt of the additional information requested, Members agreed that the research paper should be forwarded to the Environment Committee for information and consideration.

11.03am Mr Robinson left the meeting.

6. Subordinate Legislation

Members consideredthe following Departmental proposals to make subordinate legislation,which were noted at the Committee meeting on 13 January 2010:

Agreed: that the Committee would write to the Department, indicating that it is content with the policy merits of these SL1s.

Members noted the following statutory rules which had been laid in the Assembly’s Business Office by the Department for Regional Development and are subject to the negative resolution procedure:

Members noted that t he Report from the Examiner of Statutory Rules on the above legislation was published on 15 January 2010 and raised no issues of concern with the Statutory Rules.

7. Correspondence

Agreed: Members noted correspondence from the Environment Committee on the Committee Stage of the Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill and agreed to forward the correspondence to the Department for Regional Development for comment.

Agreed: Members noted a copy of the Draft Promoting Social Inclusion Working Group Report on Disability from the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister and agreed to forward to the Department for Regional Development for comment.

Agreed: Members noted the analysis and report from the Northern Ireland Marine Task Force into the economic implications of marine management options in Northern Ireland. Members’ agreed to write to the Environment Committee requesting a written briefing on that Department’s role in the issues raised and how it proposes to take forward work on this matter.

Members noted an invitation from Northern Ireland Water to attend the Belfast Sewers Project Photographic Exhibition on 21 January 2010 in W5 @ The Odyssey, Belfast.

Members noted the British Medical Association’s Patient Liaison Group newsletter, December 2009.

Members noted a press release from Northern Ireland Water, previously emailed to Members, “ NI Water battling the coldest winter in 30 years”.

8. Any Other Business

Agreed: Members considered a revised forward work programme for the Committee and agreed that the revised work programme should be published on the Assembly website. Members also noted arrangements for a scheduled visit, on 17 February 2010, to the salt mine at Kilroot.

Members noted that Consideration Stage of the Water and Sewerage Services (Amendment) Bill has been scheduled for Tuesday 26 January 2010.

Agreed: Members agreed to request a briefing from Northern Ireland Water on how it has dealt with the current winter freeze, particularly in relation to the hardest hit areas and rural areas.

9. Briefing from the Community Transport Association

Mr McCartney declared an interest in the subject matter as his brother is a manager of Derry Taxis Association

The Committee received a briefing from representatives of the Community Transport Association, Kellie Armstrong, Ian Wilson, Anita Flahagan and Mary O’Neill , on the work of the Community Transport Association and issues of concern.

11.44am Mr Clarke left the meeting.
11.50am Mr Cobain left the meeting, Miss McIlveen took the Chair.
12.00pm Mr Wilson left the meeting.

Agreed: Members agreed that a paper on the issues raised be considered at the meeting on 27 January 2010 for consideration and forwarding to other Statutory Committees and their respective departments for their consideration.

10. Date, Time and Place of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 27 January 2010 at 10.30 am in Room 21, Parliament Buildings.

The Deputy Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 12.25pm.  

Fred Cobain , MLA
Chairperson, Committee for Regional Development
27 January 2010

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