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Public Accounts Committee Reports

Part of Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:45 pm on 29th September 2009.

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Photo of Paul Maskey Paul Maskey Sinn Féin 4:45 pm, 29th September 2009

I thank the Member for that intervention. I also thank the Minister of Finance and Personnel for responding to the Committee’s work and to Members’ comments today about the concerns that drive them. I agree entirely that the current economic period is the ideal time for the PAC to work along with the Government to develop a constructive path forward for efficiency in public services. That is a very important note.

People have told me and other Committee members that our Committee is the one that they want to stay clear of. I hope that that represents their desire to work effectively, creatively and efficiently with taxpayers’ money rather than being afraid of the individuals. As the previous Chairperson of the Committee said, this is not a blood sport: it is about ensuring delivery and value for money.

I also thank the civil servants who helped the Minister to prepare for this debate. They are the same officials who assist the Treasury Officer of Accounts in rolling out the PAC’s recommend­ations and in representing the Department’s views on financial guidance. The Committee and I are grateful for their professionalism and support. Go raibh míle maith agat.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved:

That this Assembly takes note of the Public Accounts Committee Second (23/08/09R) and Third (38/08/09R) Composite Reports and of the following Committee Reports:

Report on Managing Sickness Absence in the Northern Ireland Civil Service (38/07/08R)

Report on Sea Fisheries: Vessel Modernisation and Decommissioning Schemes (06/08/09R)

Report on Statement of Rate Levy and Collection 2006-07 (13/08/09R)

Report on Delivering Pathology Services: The PFI Laboratory and Pharmacy Centre at Altnagelvin (16/08/09R)

Report on Warm Homes: Tackling Fuel Poverty (18/08/09R)

Report on Shared Services for Efficiency — A Progress Report (21/08/09R)

Report on Brangam, Bagnall & Co: Legal Practitioner Fraud Perpetrated Against the Health and Personal Social Service (26/08/09R)

Report on Road Openings by Utilities (33/08/09R)

Report on the PFI Contract for Northern Ireland’s New Vehicle Testing Facilities (35/08/09R)

Report on Control of Bovine Tuberculosis in Northern Ireland (40/08/09R)

Report on Review of Financial Management in the Further Education Sector in NI and Governance Examination of Fermanagh FE College (41/08/09R) and the following Department of Finance and Personnel Memoranda of Reply:

Report on Managing Sickness Absence in the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NIA 47/08-09)

Report on Sea Fisheries: Vessel Modernisation and Decommissioning Schemes (NIA 60/08-09)

Report on Statement of Rate Levy and Collection 2006-07 (NIA 74/08-09)

Report on Delivering Pathology Services: The PFI Laboratory and Pharmacy Centre at Altnagelvin (NIA 74/08-09)

Report on Warm Homes: Tackling Fuel Poverty (NIA 91/08-09)

Report on Shared Services for Efficiency — A Progress Report (NIA 91/08-09)

Report on Brangam, Bagnall & Co: Legal Practitioner Fraud Perpetrated Against the Health and Personal Social Services (NIA 110/08-09)

Report on Road Openings by Utilities (NIA 125/08-09)

Report on the PFI Contract for Northern Ireland’s New Vehicle Testing Facilities (NIA 168/08-09)