Ulster-Scots Academy

Culture, Arts and Leisure – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:45 am on 8th October 2007.

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Photo of Naomi Long Naomi Long Alliance 3:45 am, 8th October 2007

8. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to outline the process his Department will use to consider proposals for an Ulster-Scots academy.        (AQO 391/08)

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

The public consultation on proposals on for an Ulster-Scots academy closed on 24 September 2007, in accordance with the guidance contained in OFMDFM’s ‘A Practical Guide to Policy Making in Northern Ireland’. The Ulster-Scots academy implementation group will now undertake an analysis of the consultation responses and reappraisal of the options. I expect the implementation group to present me with a revised set of proposals, and I will then take a decision on which recommendations should be implemented. My decision will, of course, be subject to engagement with the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure and my Executive colleagues.

Photo of Naomi Long Naomi Long Alliance 4:00 am, 8th October 2007

Can the Minister provide an assurance that, as a minimum, the Department would require a full business proposal, including a budget and clarification of auditing, accounting and recruitment processes, before embarking on the academy?

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

That would always be the case.