Reports under wraps?

The four main parties and NIO have decided not to release five reports of the Programme for Government sub-committees unless a “strong case is made that they should“. This is hardly a measure that will encourage an unsure electorate.PS I am looking feedback on my blogging here.

  • Oh please – we NEED our own Assembly, with our own people, who understand our needs….drone drone. An excellent example of why a devolved Assembly will benefit the fat cats and no one else. What have they got to hide?????

  • Way Icit

    “A Stormont source said the reports had been prepared to inform an incoming executive, not the general public. “
    “..the committee has decided that the other reports should not be published unless a strong case is made that they should be made public.”

    This is a shocking example of how some politicians think they can treat the electorate. Apply the mushroom principle – “keep the voters in the dark and throw sh……..balderdash at them”!

    How about this for a ‘strong case’:-

    1. You have been paid by us for years for doing ‘nothing’ – so now, when you have actually done ‘something’, let us see it, don’t have the cheek to keep it to yourselves. Or, perhaps the reports are a lot off rubbish you don’t want to be embarrassed by at this critical time!

    2. During the election we may just want to ask you a few questions about justice, school admissions, water charges and rates, rural planning and the economy. Or’ perhaps you don’t want us to be too well informed during the next few weeks!

    3. In view of all the squabbling you have indulged in – we would actually like to see what you have ‘agreed’ on, before the election. Or, perhaps you don’t want to let us see that much of that squabbling was just a lot of meaningless bluster when you were actually getting along quite well!

    Come on guys, let us see a bit of open government and not a lot of Kremlin like secrecy. Remember, we are not your slaves and you are our servants.

  • rintintin

    READ THE REPORTS

    http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/theassembly/CPFG/cpfg_commpage.htm

    Report Number Date Report Name ISBN Number

    01/06r 04.09.06 First Report on the Economic Challenges Facing Northern Ireland – Vol 1 0 33 960180 9

    01/06r 04.09.06 First Report on the Economic Challenges Facing Northern Ireland – Vol 2 0 33 960181 7 +

    01/06r 04.09.06 First Report on the Economic Challenges Facing Northern Ireland – Vol 3 0 33 960182 5

    01/06r 04.09.06 First Report on the Economic Challenges Facing Northern Ireland – Vol 4 0 33 960183 3

    02/06r 13.09.06 Report on Law and Order Issues 0 33 960184 1

    19.09.06 Report on Rights, Safeguards, Equality Issues and Victims 0 33 940250 4
    26.09.06 Report on Institutional Issues 0 33 960187 6
    06.10.06 Second Report on the Economic Challenges Facing Northern Ireland 0 33 960186 8
    15.11.06 Third Report on the Economic Challenges Facing Northern Ireland 0 33 960188 4

    Committee Responses:

  • fair_deal

    rintintin

    Those are from the Preparation for Government committee. The new reports are by the Programme for Government Committee.

  • rintintin

    Fair Deal

    Whats the difference

  • David Ford

    Rintintin

    The difference is that once it got going, the Preparation for Government Committee (also its Economic sub-committee) had almost all its proceedings recorded by Hansard, so a full transcript of nearly everything but the final approval of its reports is available. This Committee consisted of 14 members from all five parties.

    Following St Andrews, the Secretary of State for Wales, etc established the Programme for Government Committee, with a membership of ten, drawn from only four parties. It has been given the powers and privileges of a pseudo-Executive, including additional finances comparable to the salaries of Ministers’ special advisers, although it is in fact only a Committee of the Transitional Assembly.

    Apparently, the SoSfW,e has predicted the outcome of the election on 7 March, deciding which parties will have how many Executive seats, and financing their electoral preparations accordingly.

  • Way Icit

    David Ford “…a full transcript of nearly everything but the final approval of its reports is available.”

    Thanks David, but there can be a significant difference between (a) the verbatim record of a committee’s proceedings i.e. everybody saying their bit (in this case Hansard) and (b) a finally approved report on the issues i.e. an analysis/synthesis of the contributions made and finally agreed conclusions. This is particularly so where effectively two different committees are involved. There can be ‘many a slip (!) twixt cup and lip’ and all that.

    Can David or anyone else throw more light on this – I smell a rat, a big rat!