DCAL: Public Bodies

Part of Culture, Arts and Leisure – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:00 pm on 1st June 2010.

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Photo of Tommy Gallagher Tommy Gallagher Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:00 pm, 1st June 2010

I welcome the Minister’s commitment to greater openness and transparency with regard to arm’s-length bodies in his Department. However, does he appreciate that sometimes those bodies have to deal with delicate and difficult matters? Take, for example, the Minister’s recent letter to the museums board about creationism and the Orange Order. Does the Minister really think that it is fair to board members to have their response to that kind of correspondence put in the public domain?