I am delighted to have joined the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure.
As a former Minster for Culture, Arts and Leisure I will, to the best of my ability, advise, assist and scrutinise the new Minister.
The department is responsible for arts and creativity, museums, libraries, sport, inland waterways and inland fisheries, linguistic diversity, archives, and for advising on National Lottery distribution.
The committee undertakes a scrutiny, policy development and consultation role with respect to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and plays a key role in the consideration and development of legislation.
The Ulster Unionist Party have two members on this committee, Michael McGimpsey and Robin Swann.