Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2012/2013

Date: 06 February 2013

Venue: Room 29 Parliament Buildings

2:02 pm The meeting opened in public session.

1.  Apologies

Apologies are listed above.

2. Minutes of the meeting on 30 January 2013

Agreed: The minutes of the last meeting were agreed. 

2:04 pm The meeting went into closed session.

3. Preparation Session on ‘Invest NI: A Performance Review’

The Committee explored core issues arising from the Audit Office report in preparation for its forthcoming evidence session on 13 February 2013.

2:29 pm Mr Anderson left the meeting.

2:39 pm Mr Clarke left the meeting.

2:41pm External advisers entered the meeting.

2:52 pm Mr Hussey left the meeting.

2:55 pm Mr Clarke entered the meeting.

2:56 pm Mr Hussey entered the meeting.

3:10 pm Mr Copeland left the meeting.

3:14 pm Mr Copeland entered the meeting.

3:34 pm The meeting went into open session.

3:35 pm Mr McKay left the meeting.

4. Matters Arising

There were no matters arising.

5. Ministerial Direction

The Committee noted correspondence from Mr Kieran Donnelly, Comptroller and Auditor General notifying it of a ministerial direction at the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

Mr Donnelly and Mr Denver Lynn briefed the Committee on the detail of the Ministerial Direction and answered a number of questions put by members.

The C&AG undertook to monitor the expenditure in line with current audit practices.

3:40 pm Mr Hussey left the meeting.

3:41 pm Mr Girvan left the meeting.

6. NIAO Estimate 2013-2014

NIAO officials Mr Kieran Donnelly, Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr Denver Lynn, Director and Mr Joe Campbell, Audit Manager briefed the Committee on the estimate.  

The Chairperson put a number of questions to Mr Kieran Donnelly, C&AG.

The C&AG undertook to clarify the forecasted outturn for capital expenditure for 2012-13.

Agreed:  The Committee approved the proposed estimate and agreed to write to the Audit Committee and reflect this decision.

7. Any other business

There was no other business.

8. Date, time and place of next meeting 

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 13 February 2012 at 2:00 pm in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings.

The Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 3:45 pm.

Mrs Michaela Boyle
Chairperson, Public Accounts Committee
13 February 2013

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