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Health Service Commissioners Act 1993

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[F1F212(1)The accounting officer for the Office of the Health Service Commissioner for Wales shall be the Health Service Commissioner for Wales.E+W+S

(2)But where—

(a)the Health Service Commissioner for Wales is incapable of discharging his responsibilities as accounting officer, or

(b)the office of Health Service Commissioner for Wales is vacant (and there is no acting Health Service Commissioner for Wales),

the Treasury may designate a member of the staff of the Health Service Commissioner for Wales to be the accounting officer for so long as paragraph (a) or (b) applies.

(3)The accounting officer for the Office of the Health Service Commissioner for Wales shall have, in relation to the accounts of the Health Service Commissioner for Wales and the finances of the Office of the Health Service Commissioner for Wales, the responsibilities which are from time to time specified by the Treasury.

(4)In this paragraph references to responsibilities include in particular—

(a)responsibilities in relation to the signing of accounts,

(b)responsibilities for the propriety and regularity of the finances of the Office of the Health Service Commissioner for Wales, and

(c)responsibilities for the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which the resources of the Office of the Health Service Commissioner for Wales are used.

(5)The responsibilities which may be specified under this paragraph include responsibilities owed to—

(a)the Assembly, the executive committee or the Audit Committee of the Assembly, or

(b)the House of Commons or its Committee of Public Accounts.

(6)If requested to do so by the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts, the Audit Committee of the Assembly may—

(a)on behalf of the Committee of Public Accounts take evidence from the accounting officer for the Office of the Health Service Commissioner for Wales, and

(b)report to the Committee of Public Accounts and transmit to that Committee any evidence so taken.

(7)In this paragraph and paragraphs 13 and 14 “the Office of the Health Service Commissioner for Wales” means the Health Service Commissioner for Wales and the members of his staff; and in this paragraph “the executive committee” has the same meaning as in paragraph 9.]

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