Public Accounts

This Committee has been set up to consider accounts, and reports on accounts laid before the Assembly. The Committee will have the power to send for persons, papers and records and to report from time to time. The Committee Chairperson is Ms Michaela Boyle and the Deputy Chairperson is John Dallat.

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The Public Accounts Committee will next meet on Wednesday 3 December 2014 at 2:00pm in the Senate Chamber Parliament Buildings when the Committee will hold an evidence session into the Primary Care Prescribing inquiry. Witnesses due to appear before the committee will be Mr Richard Pengelly (Accounting Officer, DHSSPS), Dr MarK Timoney (Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, DHSSPS), Mr Joe Brogan (Head of Pharmaceutical and Medical Management, Belfast Health & Social Care Board.

Kieran Donnelly and Jack Layberry (Treasury Officer of Accounts) will also be in attendance.

Following the evidence session the Committee will meet with the C&AG and the Treasurer of Accounts to discuss the session.

The Committee will also be briefed by Northern Ireland Audit officials on the Northern Ireland Audit Office Corporate Plan 2015-16 to 2017-18.

The Committee will discuss a draft press release in regard to the Inquiry into The Future Impact of Borrowing and Private Finance Commitments and Belfast Metropolitan College's Titanic Quarter PPP Project.

Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.

Contact the Committee

Committee Clerk: Lucia Wilson

Room 371,Parliament Buildings,
Belfast,BT4 3XX

Tel: (028) 9052 1208

Report on Improving Pupil Attendance: Follow-Up Report

An Assembly report, published today by the Public Accounts Committee, has found that the Education Welfare Service (EWS) is not on top of the problem of non-attendance at school.  The Report found that 16,000 pupils here miss almost six weeks of school, yet schools had not made referrals to the Education Welfare Service for support.  The Report also found that the local unauthorised absence record was double that reported in England. There were particular problems for the most vulnerable young people, including pupils from social deprived backgrounds, Traveller children and children in care.

Read the full press release here.

Report on the Committee’s study visit to Millburn Primary School, Coleraine

Public Accounts Committee visit Millburn Primary School, Coleraine on 5 March 2014 as part of the Committee’s inquiry into Improving Pupil Attendance.

On Wednesday 5 March 2014, the Public Accounts Committee visited Millburn Primary School, Coleraine. The visit was part of the Committee’s ongoing inquiry into Improving Pupil Attendance. You can view the report of their visit here.

Report on NI Water’s Response to a Suspected Fraud

The Assembly's Public Accounts Committee has today released two reports, published jointly, looking at the way investigations into the Roads Service and Northern Ireland Water were carried out.

Read the full press release here

Committee Finds PSNI Cannot Show Agency Staff Were Value for Money

The Assembly's Public Accounts Committee has released a report examining the use of agency staff in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), a practice which has cost £106 million since 2004.

The Report examines the procurement of agency workers and highlights a number of concerns about the way that the procurement was carried out and whether the PSNI can ensure that value for money objectives were met.

View the report.

View the press release.

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