The Northern Ireland Assembly is in Recess. The Business Committee will meet on the 1st of September and the First Plenary Sitting is the 7th of September.

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 Tuesday 23rd June to commence a visit to the National Assembly for Wales.  Thie visit will last one night and will involve meeing with the Welsh PAC, the Jersey PAC, meeting the Welsh C&AG and developing good workingrelationshipd/

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 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

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