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17After paragraph 12C (as inserted by paragraph 16 above) there is inserted—
12D(1)The Ombudsman must, before the start of each financial year, prepare proposals for the Ombudsman’s use of resources and expenditure during the year (a “budget”) and, by such date as the Parliamentary corporation determines, send the budget to the Parliamentary corporation for approval.
(2)The Ombudsman may, in the course of a financial year, prepare a revised budget for the remainder of the year and send it to the Parliamentary corporation for approval.
(3)In preparing a budget or revised budget, the Ombudsman must ensure that the resources of the Ombudsman will be used economically, efficiently and effectively.
(4)A budget or revised budget must contain a statement that the Ombudsman has complied with the duty under sub-paragraph (3).”
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