Second Memorandum by the Northern Ireland
Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act
1998 (Accounts and Audit)
Order 1998 (S.I. 2001/851)
1. The Committee considered the above instrument
at its meeting of 3 April and requested the Department to submit
a memorandum on the following points:
(1) In view of the circumstances
outlined in paragraph 4 of the Department's memorandum dated 12
March 2001, specify the steps which the Department has taken to
prevent any recurrence of the failures there referred to.
2. The Department has put in place an administrative
procedure to ensure that all instruments made by Ministers are
routed through a single point which has responsibility for ensuring
that all steps necessary in relation to an instrument are taken
at the appropriate time. The Department has made this procedure
known to relevant staff and emphasised their responsibility to
ensure that it is followed.
(2) Explain the omission
of an Explanatory Note to this instrument.
3. The Explanatory Note was omitted from this instrument
in error when the instrument was originally prepared in 1998.
When the instrument came to light again recently the absence of
the Explanatory Note was not noticed. The Department apologises
for this omission.
9 April 2001