Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee

10:00 am

Photo of John McGuinnessJohn McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

The first item on our agenda is the minutes of the meeting of 7 March 2013. Are the minutes agreed? Agreed.

No. 2 is matters arising from the minutes. At last week's meeting, because of a vote called in the Dáil as we were coming to the end of our meeting, we were unable to dispose of that day's business. Is it agreed that the committee dispose of Vote 6 and chapters 1, 2, 3 and 5, and the finance accounts, which were the subject of last week's agenda? Agreed.

No. 3 is correspondence received since our meeting on 7 March. No. 3A is correspondence from Accounting Officers and-or Ministers. No. 3A.1 is correspondence dated 6 March 2013 from Ms Josephine Feehily, chairperson of the Revenue Commissioners, re providing information at our meeting of 21 February 2013. That is to be noted and published.

No. 3B is individual correspondence. No. 3B.1 is correspondence dated 12 March 2013 from Mr. Brian Purcell, Secretary General, Department of Justice and Equality, re our meeting on 21 March 2013. That is to be noted.

No. 3B.2 is correspondence dated 13 March 2013 from Ms Eileen Creedon, Chief State Solicitor, on our meeting of 21 March. This correspondence is also to be noted. These two items will be taken together at a later point on the agenda when we go into private session to take some legal advice on the documents we have received.

No. 3C is documents relating to the committee meeting of 14 March. No. 3C.1 is correspondence dated 7 March 2013 from Ms Niamh O'Donoghue, Secretary General, Department of Social Protection, enclosing briefing papers for today's meeting. This correspondence is to be noted and published. No. 3C.2 is correspondence dated 11 March 2013 also from Ms O'Donoghue, enclosing the opening statement. This correspondence is to be noted and published.
No. 4 is reports, statements and accounts received since our last meeting on 7 March. No. 4.1 is the annual report and accounts 2011 for the Private Residential Tenancy Board. There is a clear audit opinion. Attention is drawn in the certificate to the recognition of a deferred pension funding asset. This is a technical issue.
No. 5 is the work programme which is now on screen. Members will recall that we agreed to invite the Local Government Auditor to meet us in the context of trying to increase accountability for Exchequer funding allocated to bodies not audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General. That meeting will take place in private session at 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 27 March. It will be attended by officials of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and the Comptroller and Auditor General, with whom we will have an opportunity to discuss the details.
No. 6 is the draft report on Irish Aid. As no amendments have been proposed, we will proceed to publish the report next Thursday. Is that agreed? Agreed.

No. 7 is any other business. As there is no other business, we can agree to the agenda for our meeting on Thursday, 21 March at 10 a.m. when we will meet representatives of the Department of Justice and Equality and the Office of the Chief State Solicitor. The agenda for the meeting will be the 2011 annual report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts: Vote 13 - Office of the Chief State Solicitor; Vote 19 - Justice and Equality; and chapter 15 - lease of accommodation for a Probation Service project. In dealing with this issue we need to take into account some legal advice on the correspondence we have received. I suggest we go into private session to take that advice.


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