Business of Joint Committee

We are under some time pressure. I remind members to ensure their mobile phones are turned off. I propose to go into private session to deal with some housekeeping matters before returning to public session to discuss the pig levy with the Minister. That must be completed by 5 p.m. because the Minister is due in the Chamber to deal with a couple of relevant matters under Topical Issues. Is it agreed to go into private session? Agreed.

Some members of the joint committee will be involved in the Topical Issues debate mentioned by the Chairman.

I am aware of that.

Can we suspend the meeting at the relevant time and come back after the Topical Issues debate has concluded?

We can. That is no problem. I do not have any issue with that.

That is okay. I would like to hear the brief.

No problem.

The joint committee went into private session at 4.05 p.m. and resumed in public session at 4.25 p.m.