Business of Joint Committee

As the committee meeting is being broadcast by UPC on channel 207, is it agreed we defer private session until the end of the meeting? Agreed. I remind members, witnesses and those in the Visitors' Gallery that all mobile phones must be switched off. If they are not switched off they will interfere with the sound quality of today's broadcast and any later broadcasting of today's proceedings. Apologies have been received from Deputies Mary Lou McDonald and Dara Murphy.

Before we hear the opening statements of the witnesses, I remind members of Standing Order 57 on sub judice. Members are advised not to stray into matters which are before the courts. If a member wishes to deal with a matter currently before the courts, the principle of notice under Standing Order 57(4) should be observed in order that the Chairman is not placed in the position of deciding, without due consideration, whether the sub judice rule applies.