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.
The Public Accounts Committee will next meet on Wednesday 27th May, 2015 at 2pm in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings.
The Committee will begin in open session to discuss Committee Business. The Committee will the conduct an evidence session to take evidence on the Inquiry into the General Report on the Health and Social Care Sector 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Forthcoming business will be published in the Business Diary.
Contact the Committee
Committee Clerk: Lucia Wilson
Room 371,Parliament Buildings,
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.
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.
Report on Primary Care Prescribing - Public Accounts Committee Identifies Room for Big Savings in Prescribing Expenditure
The Health Service could make significant savings if doctors consistently prescribed lower cost medicines which are as effective as ones that are more expensive. This is the stark message from the Assembly's Public Accounts Committee which published its report on Primary Care Prescribing on Wednesday 4 March 2015.
The report investigates why local prescribing costs appear to be relatively more expensive than in England, Scotland and Wales, and concludes that there are opportunities for significant savings to be made.
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