Formal minutes

Wednesday 19 January 2005

Members present:

Mr Michael Mates (in the Chair), Mr Adrian Bailey, Mr Roy Beggs, Mr Gregory Campbell, Mr Tony Clarke, Mr Eddie McGrady, Mr Stephen Pound, Rev. Martin Smyth, Mr Hugo Swire, Mr Bill Tynan

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (The work of the Committee in 2004)

(The Minutes of Proceedings relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Fourth Report from the Committee, HC 262 (2004-05) p. 23).

Mr Eddie McGrady declared an interest in relation to the  inquiry into the Functions of the Northern Ireland Policing Board as a Member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

The Committee agreed that examination of victims and victims groups should comprise the first stage of its inquiry 'Reconciliation: ways of dealing with Northern Ireland's past'.

The functions of the Northern Ireland Policing Board: Ian Pearson, a Member of the House, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of  State, Mr Ken Lindsay, Head of Policy Reforms Division, and Ms Gillian Ardis, Head of Policing Board Oversight Branch, Northern Ireland Office, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 26 January at half past Three o'clock.