Education Authority: Update

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:00 pm on 2nd March 2015.

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Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin 3:00 pm, 2nd March 2015

9. Mr Maskey asked the Minister of Education for an update on the establishment of the Education Authority. (AQO 7699/11-15)

Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin

Gabhaim buíochas leis an Chomhalta as an cheist. The Education Authority was formally established as a body corporate on 12 December 2014. The education and library boards and their staff commission will be dissolved on 1 April 2015, and their assets, liabilities, duties, functions and staff will transfer to the Education Authority. The Education Authority will become operational on that date.

Photo of Alex Maskey Alex Maskey Sinn Féin

I thank the Minister for that response. Will he advise the House of when the new appointees to the board will be publicly announced?

Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin

A number of the appointees have recently been informed that their nomination has been accepted. The chair has recently been informed of their appointment, and formal letters etc have been exchanged. I am reluctant to announce names at this stage because I am not 100% sure of whether everyone has been formally informed and has formally accepted their nomination, but I assure the Member that it is well advanced and that there will be a board in place by 1 April.

Photo of Mitchel McLaughlin Mitchel McLaughlin Speaker 3:15 pm, 2nd March 2015

That ends the period for listed questions. We now move on to topical questions.