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Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010

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118Amendment of Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000

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(1)The Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (asp 1) is amended in accordance with this section.

(2)In section 10 (Audit Scotland), in subsection (2)(c), for the words “jointly by the Auditor General and the Chairman” substitute “by the Scottish Commission for Public Audit”.

(3)In section 12(2)(a) (Scottish Commission for Public Audit), immediately before the word “Audit” insert “Public”.

(4)In section 13 (Auditor General for Scotland)—

(a)after subsection (4) insert—

(4A)A person appointed to be the Auditor General holds office for a period of 8 years.,

(b)in subsection (5)—

(i)after paragraph (a) insert—

(aa)vacates office on the expiry of the period of appointment,,

(ii)at the beginning of paragraph (c) insert “in other respects,”,

(c)after that subsection insert—

(5A)A person having held the office of the Auditor General is not eligible for reappointment..

(5)In section 22 (audit of accounts: further provisions), in subsection (5), at the beginning of paragraph (b) insert “except where the account and the report are published by the body or office-holder in question,”.

(6)In section 23 (economy, efficiency and effectiveness examinations), after subsection (10) add—

(11)The Auditor General may publish the results of any examination carried out under this section..

(7)After that section insert—

23ADefamation

For the purposes of the law of defamation, the following are absolutely privileged—

(a)reports sent to the Scottish Ministers under section 22(4),

(b)results of an examination carried out and reported to the Parliament under section 23..

(8)In schedule 2 (Audit Scotland: further provisions)—

(a)in paragraph 2—

(i)the word “not” is inserted after the word “is” where it second appears,

(ii)the words from “but” to the end of the paragraph are repealed,

(b)after that paragraph insert—

2AAn appointment under section 10(2)(c) may be for a period not exceeding 3 years.

2BA person appointed under section 10(2)(c) is, on ceasing to be a member, eligible for reappointment for a single further period.,

(c)in paragraph 3—

(i)in sub-paragraph (a), for the words “Auditor General and the Chairman” substitute “Scottish Commission for Public Audit”,

(ii)in sub-paragraph (c), for the words “Auditor General and the Chairman” substitute “Scottish Commission for Public Audit”,

(d)in paragraph 4, for the words “Auditor General and the Chairman, acting jointly,” substitute “Scottish Commission for Public Audit”,

(e)in paragraph 7—

(i)in sub-paragraph (2), paragraph (b) is repealed,

(ii)after that sub-paragraph add—

(3)The Scottish Commission for Public Audit must appoint one of the members of Audit Scotland appointed under section 10(2)(c) to preside at the meetings of Audit Scotland.

(4)Audit Scotland must appoint one of its other members appointed under section 10(2)(c) to preside at its meetings where the member mentioned in sub-paragraph (3) is not present..

(9)In schedule 3 (Scottish Commission for Public Audit: further provisions)—

(a)in paragraph 1, immediately before the word “Audit”, where it occurs for the second time, insert “Public”,

(b)after paragraph 7 add—

8For the purposes of the law of defamation, the following are absolutely privileged—

(a)any statement made in proceedings of the Commission,

(b)the publication under the authority of the Commission of any statement, and

(c)any report to the Parliament under section 12(4).

9In paragraph 8, “statement” has the same meaning as in the Defamation Act 1996 (c. 31)..

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