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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 18th January 2000

STANDING COMMITTEE A


GOVERNMENT RESOURCES AND ACCOUNTS BILL

    Clause No. 6 (Resource accounts scrutiny).

    Amendment (No. 33) proposed, in page 4, line 2, at the end to insert the words—

    '(3A) The Comptroller and Auditor General may examine any performance statement which he receives from a department under section 5(4A) and report thereon.'—(Mr David Davis.)

    Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Howard Flight
Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

8

Clause     7,     page     4,     line     8,     leave out 'The Treasury' and insert 'The Comptroller'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Howard Flight

9

Clause     7,     page     4,     line     11,     leave out 'the Treasury' and insert 'the Comptroller'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

66

Clause     7,     page     4,     line     11,     leave out 'the Treasury' and insert 'the National Accounts Commission'.

   

Miss Melanie Johnson
Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Williams
Mr Robert Sheldon
Mr David Rendel

35

Clause     7,     page     4,     line     16,     after 'Comptroller', insert 'and Auditor General'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Williams
Mr Robert Sheldon
Mr David Rendel

34

Clause     7,     page     4,     line     16,     leave out 'examine and certify' and insert 'examine the accounts with a view to satisfying himself that—

      (i) the money provided by Parliament has been expended, and resources authorised by Parliament used, for the purposes intended by Parliament, and

      (ii) the department's financial transactions are in accordance with any relevant authority,

    and he shall certify'.


   

Miss Melanie Johnson

74

Page     4,     line     28,     leave out Clause 8.


   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Williams
Mr Robert Sheldon
Mr David Rendel

36

Page     4,     line     34,     leave out Clause 9.


   

Miss Melanie Johnson

75

Clause     10,     page     5,     line     4,     leave out subsection (1) and insert—

    '(1) The Treasury shall prepare in respect of each financial year a set of accounts for a group of bodies each of which appears to the Treasury—

      (a) to exercise functions of a public nature, or

      (b) to be entirely or substantially funded from public money.'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

67

Clause     10,     page     5,     line     4,     leave out subsection (1) and insert—

    '(1) The Treasury shall prepare consolidated accounts for the whole of government, subject to subsection (1A) below.

    (1A) In pursuance of subsection (1) above, the Treasury shall—

      (i) before 1st June 2000, consult with the Comptroller and Auditor General, Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament, as to the criteria by which bodies will be deemed to be part of government for the purposes of this section, and publish the results of the consultations;

      (ii) before 1st December 2000, designate by order the bodies to be included in the first consolidated accounts for the whole of government;

      (iii) before 1st December 2002, complete all the preparations required to produce the first consolidated accounts for the whole of government for the following financial year;

      (iv) after the publication of the first set of consolidated accounts for the whole of government, review every three years which bodies should in future be deemed to be part of government in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General, Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament, and following such a review, designate by order the bodies to be included in future consolidated accounts for the whole of government.'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Howard Flight

10

Clause     10,     page     5,     line     6,     leave out from 'shall' to end of subsection (2) and insert 'conform to the standards defined by the National Accounts Commission'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

69

Clause     10,     page     5,     leave out lines 7 to 9 and insert 'be designed to conform to generally accepted accounting practice, subject only to adaptations which the National Accounts Commission directs to be necessary in the context'.

   

Miss Melanie Johnson

76

Clause     10,     page     5,     line     10,     leave out subsections (3) to (8).

   

Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

68

Clause     10,     page     5,     line     10,     leave out subsections (3) to (5).

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Howard Flight
Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

11

Clause     10,     page     5,     line     10,     leave out 'the Treasury' and insert 'the Comptroller'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Howard Flight
Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

12

Clause     10,     page     5,     line     10,     leave out 'by order'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Howard Flight
Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

13

Clause     10,     page     5,     line     13,     leave out 'the Treasury' and insert 'the Comptroller'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Howard Flight
Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

14

Clause     10,     page     5,     line     16,     leave out 'the Treasury' and insert 'the Comptroller'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Howard Flight
Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

15

Clause     10,     page     5,     line     16,     leave out 'they consider' and insert 'he considers'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Williams
Mr Robert Sheldon
Mr David Rendel

37

Clause     10,     page     5,     line     18,     at end insert—

    '(5A) When an order under subsection (3) is laid before Parliament the Treasury shall at the same time lay before the House of Commons a report—

      (a) briefly describing the functions of each of the bodies designated by the order, and

      (b) specifying the criteria by which each body was chosen for designation.'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Howard Flight
Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

16

Clause     10,     page     5,     line     20,     leave out 'the Treasury' and insert 'the Comptroller'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Howard Flight
Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

17

Clause     10,     page     5,     line     24,     leave out 'the Treasury' and insert 'the Comptroller'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

70

Clause     10,     page     5,     line     24,     at end insert—

    '(6A) Where a body for the purposes of subsection 6(b) uses an auditor other than the Comptroller and Auditor General, it must report this to the Treasury and to Parliament, and justify the decision, including how this represents good value for money.'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Howard Flight

18

Clause     10,     page     5,     line     30,     leave out subsection (8).


   

Miss Melanie Johnson
Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Williams
Mr Robert Sheldon
Mr David Rendel

38

Clause     11,     page     5,     line     36,     after 'Comptroller', insert 'and Auditor General'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Howard Flight
Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

19

Clause     11,     page     5,     line     37,     at end insert 'and that they have been compiled according to the standards defined by the National Accounts Commission'.

   

Miss Melanie Johnson
Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Williams
Mr Robert Sheldon
Mr David Rendel

39

Clause     11,     page     5,     line     38,     after 'Comptroller', insert 'and Auditor General'.

   

Miss Melanie Johnson

77

Clause     11,     page     6,     line     3,     leave out '10(5)(b)' and insert [Whole of government accounts: obtaining information](2)(c)'.

   

Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Williams
Mr Robert Sheldon
Mr David Rendel

40

Clause     11,     page     6,     line     3,     leave out from '(5)' to 'for' and insert 'The Treasury and a body which is designated for the purpose of section 10 and a person who acts as auditor of such a body'.

   

Mr Edward Davey
Mr David Rendel

71

Clause     11,     page     6,     line     6,     leave out subsection (6) and insert—

    '(6) The Treasury shall have completed all preparations required to produce the first comprehensive set of whole of government accounts under section 10 by 1st December 2002.

    (7) This section shall have effect for any account prepared under section 10 as soon as is practical, but not later than the financial year beginning after 1st April 2003.'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Howard Flight

20

Clause     11,     page     6,     line     6,     leave out subsection (6).

   

Miss Melanie Johnson

78

Clause     11,     page     6,     line     6,     leave out 'made by statutory instrument'.

   

Miss Melanie Johnson

79

Clause     11,     page     6,     line     8,     at end insert—

    '( ) Before making an order under subsection (6) the Treasury shall consult the Comptroller and Auditor General.

    ( ) An order under subsection (6)—

      (a) shall be made by statutory instrument, and

      (b) shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the House of Commons.'.

 
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