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 14 October 2015 in Room 29, Parliament Buildings to consider a Memorandum of Reply on the Inquriy into Bytel - The Cross Border Broadband Initiative.  The Committee will then consider an update on a Memorandum of Reply on the Report on Account NI.  Finally, the Committee will consider a Press Release on the Report on DSD:Advanced Land Purchases.

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

Committee calls for radical overhaul of Courts Funds Service

The Public Accounts Committee has called for the urgent overhaul of the Courts Fund Office (CFO). In its report on Managing and Protecting Funds Held in Court the Committee has criticised the CFO for operating what it terms 'an archaic service'.

The CFO provides a banking and investment service for the civil courts in Northern Ireland. As of June 2014, it managed around £290 million on behalf of approximately 14,000 clients, such as children (minors) awarded damages as a result of civil legal action, or the financial affairs of people who have become mentally incapacitated.

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End of Session Report 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2014

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

Report on Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service Trust Statement for the year ended 31 March 2013

The Committee recommends that NICTS should put in place a robust system to identify an individual’s ability to pay before a fine is imposed. This would allow the court to consider options at the outset to prevent fine default, including instalment orders, non-monetary supervised activity orders and other measures, such as deductions from earnings or benefits.

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Report on DRD: The Effectiveness of Public Transport in Northern Ireland

The Assembly Public Accounts Committee has found that significant improvements could be made in the provision of public transport services here, both by Translink and by the Department of Regional Development.

The Committee’s findings follow a recent review into the effectiveness of local public transport which makes a number of recommendations aimed at developing and improving the service for local people.

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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