Letter from the Northern Ireland Office
to the Clerk of the Committee
Thank you for your letter of 10 April about
the NIO's audited Resource Accounts for 1999-2000 (Cm. 5058).
As you know, the NIO was granted a dispensation
by the Treasury to present the Account on 31 March instead of
the normal 31 January. The Treasury laid the Account on 30 March
in typescript and sent two copies to the Vote Office. Thus the
parliamentary requirements were fulfilledif only to a minimum
degree. We are allowed
30 days to prepare the full printed version of the Account and
I can assure you that this is currently being proof-read and will
be available in a week or so.
20 April 2001
1 The Northern Ireland Office subsequently reported
that this was a Treasury decision. Back