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The Deregulation and Contracting Out (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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7.—(1) Where authority A is a Department, Minister or office-holder, the enactment or obligation does not prevent or penalise the disclosure of relevant information by contractor A or an employee of his, if—N.I.

(a)the disclosure is to the Comptroller, or a person exercising an audit function of his, and the information could be lawfully disclosed to the Comptroller or that person by authority A; or

(b)the disclosure is to an accounting officer, or a person exercising an audit function of his, and the information could be lawfully disclosed to that officer or person by authority A.

(2) Where authority A is a district council, the enactment or obligation does not prevent or penalise the disclosure of relevant information by contractor A or an employee of his, if—

(a)the disclosure is to the council's chief financial officer, or a person exercising an audit function of his; and

(b)the information could be lawfully disclosed to that officer or person by the council.

(3) In this paragraph—

  • “accounting officer” means—

    (a)

    an officer appointed as such an officer by the Department of Finance and Personnel;

    (b)

    an officer appointed by the Treasury under [F1section 5(6) or (8) of the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (resource accounts)] or section 4 of the [1973 c. 63.] Government Trading Funds Act 1973;

  • “audit function”, in relation to the Comptroller, includes any function under Part III of the [1987 NI 5.] Audit (Northern Ireland) Order 1987 or Part II of the [1983 c. 44.] National Audit Act 1983 (examinations into economy, efficiency and effectiveness);

  • “chief financial officer” has the meaning assigned by section [F242 of the Local Government Finance Act (Northern Ireland) 2011];

  • “Comptroller” means the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland or the Comptroller and Auditor General of the United Kingdom,

F2Words in Sch. 4 para. 7(3) in definition of "chief financial officer" substituted (1.4.2012) by Local Government Finance Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 (c. 10), ss. 45, 47(2), Sch. 1 para. 6; S.R. 2011/306, art. 2(3)

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