Business of Joint Committee

We have quorum. Apologies have been received from Deputy Imelda Munster. I remind members to completely switch off their mobile phones as they interfere with recording equipment.

I propose that we go into private session to deal with EU scrutiny before returning to public session. Is that agreed? Agreed.

The joint committee went into private session at 10.10 a.m. and resumed in public session at 10.25 a.m.

I again remind everybody to switch off their mobile phones completely as they interfere with recording equipment. Before we commence today's business, as Chair of this committee I wish to express my condolences, and I am sure the condolences of the committee, to the families of those who have been bereaved recently as a result of road traffic accidents. Their trauma and loss is greatly felt, not just locally but throughout the country.