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 Tuesday 21 April, 2015 at 12:30pm in Room 21, Parliament Buildings.

The Committee will move into closed session at 12.45 to be briefed by NIAO representatives on correspondence between the Department of Justice and the Committee. The Committee will then consider its report on the Inquiry into Department of Justice: Managing and Protecting Funds Held in Court.

The Committee will then move into public session at 1.45pm to receive briefing from the Department of Finance and Personnel on its Annual Theft and Fraud Report for 2013-14.

The Committee will also meet in open session on Wednesday 22 April, 2015 at 2:00pm in Room 29, Parliament Buildings when they will consider the Memorandum of Reply in relation to its Inquiry into Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service Trust Statement for the year ended 31 March 2013; and an Update on the Memorandum of Reply in relation to its Inquiry into NI Fire and Rescue Service: An Organisational Assessment and Review of Departmental Oversight and Report on Accounts 2011 – 2012.

The Committee will then move into closed session for a briefing and preparation session in relation to its Inquiry into the Department for Regional Development regarding the effectiveness of Public Transport in Northern Ireland.

The Committee will then consider correspondence in relation to its Inquiry into Department for Social Development regarding Advanced Land Purchases.

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 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.

End of Session Report 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2014

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

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

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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