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Public Accounts Committee Reports

Part of Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:30 pm on 29th September 2009.

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Photo of Paul Maskey Paul Maskey Sinn Féin 4:30 pm, 29th September 2009

Again, it is about what Departments do with the Committee’s recommendations. Even before the current Public Accounts Committee, when we look at the failings that Trevor Lunn mentioned — which will be in the report that will be published this Thursday — we can see that the IDB did not adhere to some of the recommendations that were made on DeLorean.

In times gone by, Public Accounts Committees made recommendations that Departments failed to implement. That failure is an indictment of Departments, and it means that the same mistakes have been made twice, which is wrong.

I am thankful that the PAC is up and running and challenging Departments. We will monitor the 450 recommendations that we have made so far to determine which of them have been implemented. I must, however, inform the Minister of Finance and Personnel that Departments agreed to most of the 450 recommendations.