Treasury committee comes to town – this is your chance!


After grim news likely to be delivered to First Ministers tomorrow by Gordon Brown, this should be worth attending.

P.S. Will Sinn Fein with so much attention devoted to the south where they have so little influence, have anything relevant to say except to rattle the begging bowl? This , like it or not, is where the focus of power lies.

As part of its inquiry into the Banking Crisis the Treasury Committee
will be making a series of regional visits to discuss the consequences
of the financial crisis with members of the public. The first visit will
be to Belfast on Monday 2 March.

The meeting will be held in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings,
Stormont and will begin at 11.15am and last for up to 45 minutes.

Space is limited and tickets will be issued on a first-come-first-served
basis. Members of the public interested in attending should email to reserve a seat.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London

  • Crisis, what crisis??

    “The meeting will be held in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings, Stormont and will begin at 11.15am and last for up to 45 minutes.”

    The Treasury Committee really are pushing the boat out on this – 45 minutes – not giving much time for this are they. The flight over from London will take as long, if not longer!!

  • fin

    I get the feeling NuLabour didn’t consult the spindoctors when setting up that email address, surely it should be or even

  • fin

    its a strange gathering, and doesn’t bode well, NI is a drain on dwindling tax reciepts, and other attendees are from some of the many dubious tax havens within the UK’s domain, I expect Gordon will tell them he’s going to ‘stop giving with one hand and start taking with the other’

  • Rory Carr

    A meeting rstricted by numbers in a small venue accessed by ticket only and scheduled to last a mere 45 minutes does not constitute a public meeting and certainly the mood of that meeting could not be taken to represent the public mood.

    It is mere a repetition of the ‘focus groups’ spin strategy which was designed to fool the public but writ slightly larger and will serve to act as none other than crude and self-defeating government propaganda that will rebound on the party in power.

    None believed in the focus groups except (and perhaps not even) the slavering attendees of such groups and none will be fooled by this.

  • Brian Walker

    Everybody’s right! A 45 minute session is derisory. I suggest temperate email protests asking for a substantial extension should be sent to and marked Attention committee chairman John McFall MP, or direct to

  • Is this a meeting to gather the views of the public, or just the proceedings of a committee of parliament, carrying on its business in a slightly more accessible location than normal?