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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 MLA and the Deputy Chairperson is John Dallat MLA.

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The Public Accounts Commitee will next meet on Wednesday 10 February 2016 at 2pm in Room 29.

The Committee will be considering a Memorandum of Reply on DSD: Advanced Land Purchases and a Memorandum of Reply update on NIFRS: Organisational Assessment and Review of Departmental Oversight and Report on Accounts.

The Committee will also consider the Issues Paper on the inquiry into Invest to Save funding in Northern Ireland.

Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.

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Committee Clerk: Lucia Wilson

Room 371,Parliament Buildings,
Belfast,BT4 3XX

Tel: (028) 9052 1208

Report on Department for Social Development – Advanced Land Purchases

The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) has reported for a number of years on his significant concerns on matters relating to Housing Associations. The Committee noted that in the last few years there has been a general improvement in the results of the regulatory inspections carried out by the Department for Social Development (DSD) and this improvement has been driven, at least in part, by the Department.

Notwithstanding this overall improvement, the Committee was deeply concerned by the handling of issues that arose in two particular schemes. These two schemes received Advanced Land Purchase (ALP) grants totalling £8.9 million from the Department but no social housing was ever actually built in the schemes.

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End of Session Report 2014-15

You can download the Committee's End of Session report here.

Report on General Report on the Health and Social Care Sector 2012-13 and 2013-14


The Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee has voiced serious concerns over the decline in the financial stability of the Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts in a report published today.

The Report, entitled General Health Report and Social Care Sector 2012-13 and 2013-14 found that despite only the Western Trust failing  to break-even in 2014-15 (a deficit of £6.6 million), this masks an underlying funding gap of Trust pressures from 2014-15 which is reckoned to be over £131 million carried-forward to 2015-16.

Cross-Border Broadband Initiative: the Bytel project

Members of the Public Accounts Committee are pictured with Members of the Oireachtas Committee for Public Accounts who joined them for a briefing from the Comptroller and Auditor Generals North and South (also pictured) on 04/03/2015.  The briefing was on the Cross-Border Broadband Initiative: the Bytel project, which is due to be reported on by both Committees

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