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MiscellaneousN.I.

Supplies by departmentsN.I.

17.—(1) This section applies where a Northern Ireland department makes supplies of goods or services which are taxable supplies for the purposes of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 (c. 23).

(2) The Department may make arrangements—

(a)about the treatment of receipts and payments in respect of value added tax in accounts under section 9 or 11,

(b)for the exemption of receipts in respect of value added tax, to such extent and on such conditions as may be specified, from any requirement for payment into the Consolidated Fund.

Alteration of timetables for accountsN.I.

18.—(1) The Department may by order subject to negative resolution substitute a new date for a date for the time being specified in section 9, 10 or 11.

(2) An order under subsection (1)—

(a)may specify a new date for all purposes or for specified purposes only,

(b)may specify different dates for different purposes.

(3) Before making an order under subsection (1) the Department shall consult the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Directions of the DepartmentN.I.

19.  A direction of the Department under this Act or the 1921 Act may be revoked or amended by a further direction.

Advisory GroupN.I.

20.—(1) Before—

(a)issuing directions under section 9(2), or

(b)determining the form and content of accounts under section 14,

the Department shall consult with and take account of all recommendations made by the group of persons for the time being selected by the Treasury for the purposes of section 24(1) of the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (c.20).

(2) Where a group is consulted under subsection (1) in a particular year, the Department shall arrange for the group to prepare a report for that year—

(a)summarising the activities of the group for the purpose of the consultation, and

(b)dealing with such other matters as the group considers appropriate.

(3) Where a report is prepared under subsection (2), the Department shall arrange for it to be laid before the Assembly.

Examinations by Comptroller and Auditor GeneralN.I.

21.—(1) Subsections (2) and (3) have effect in relation to examinations of accounts carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General under section 10, 11 or 16.

(2) If the Comptroller and Auditor General changes the extent or character of a particular kind of examination, he shall report to the Assembly.

(3) An examination of accounts carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General shall be carried out on behalf of the Assembly.

Subs. (4)-(12) rep. by 2003 NI 5

Inspections by Comptroller and Auditor GeneralN.I.

22.—(1) The Comptroller and Auditor General may inspect—

(a)the accounts of any body to which this section applies, and

(b)any documents relating to those accounts which are held or controlled —

(i)by the body; or

(ii)in pursuance of arrangements made by the body for the compiling or handling of any of its financial records.

(2) The Comptroller and Auditor General shall not exercise his powers under subsection (1) in relation to a body unless it appears to him that—

(a)it is appropriate to do so in view of public concern about any matter relating to the finances of the body or its financial transactions, or

(b)it is otherwise appropriate to do so in the public interest.

(3) Subject to subsection (4), this section applies to a body if it appears to the Comptroller and Auditor General that—

(a)the accounts of the body are not required to be examined by, and are not otherwise open to the inspection of, the Comptroller and Auditor General by virtue of—

(i)any statutory provision,

(ii)any agreement made between that body and a Northern Ireland department, or

(iii)any conditions imposed by a Northern Ireland department in pursuance of any statutory power, whether in connection with the provision of financial assistance or otherwise, and

(b)the body exercises functions of a public nature or is entirely or substantially funded from public money.

(4) This section does not apply to a district council.

(5) Any person who holds or has control of any accounts or other documents mentioned in subsection (1) shall give the Comptroller and Auditor General any assistance, information or explanation which he requires in relation to any of those documents.

(6) The Comptroller and Auditor General may report to the Assembly the results of any inspection carried out by him under this section.

Economy, efficiency and effectiveness examinations by Comptroller and Auditor GeneralN.I.

23.—(1) Part III of the Audit (Northern Ireland) Order 1987 (NI 5) (economy, efficiency and effectiveness examinations) shall be amended as follows.

(2) In Article 8(3) (public bodies subject to examination under that Article) —

(a)after sub-paragraph (b) there shall be inserted—

(bb)any body—

(i)whose accounts are open to the inspection of the Comptroller and Auditor General by virtue of section 22 of the Government Resources and Accounts Act (Northern Ireland) 2001; and

(ii)which is a public sector body within the meaning of paragraph (7) ;

(b)in paragraph (c) after “by virtue of any” there shall be inserted “other”.

(3) At the end of Article 8 there shall be added the following paragraph—

(7) For the purposes of this Part an authority or body is a public sector authority or body if—

(a)in the case of a company, its directors (or a majority of them) are appointed by a Northern Ireland department or a Minister of such a department;

(b)in the case of any other body, its members (or a majority of them) are so appointed; and

(c)in the case of any authority, the authority is so appointed. .

(4) In Article 9 (other bodies subject to examination) for paragraph (4) (bodies to which that Article applies) there shall be substituted—

(4) This Article applies to any public sector authority or body within the meaning of Article 8(7).

Reports of Comptroller and Auditor GeneralN.I.

24.—(1) This section applies where—

(a)a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General is required by this Act to be laid before the Assembly, and

(b)it is not laid by the relevant department within the time allowed by this Act.

(2) The Comptroller and Auditor General shall lay the report before the Assembly as soon as possible.

(3) Section 18 of the 1921 Act (reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General) shall cease to have effect.

Public bank accountsN.I.

25.—(1) The Department may from time to time determine—

(a)the banks at which Northern Ireland departments shall keep the public money entrusted to them, and

(b)the accounts in which that money shall be kept.

(2) The Department may direct that the accounts of any Northern Ireland department which under any statutory provision are required to be kept under separate heads at any bank shall be consolidated in such manner as the Department thinks most convenient for the public service.

(3) Sections 7 and 8 of the 1921 Act (public bank accounts) shall cease to have effect.

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