Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee

11:00 am

Photo of Brian StanleyBrian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein)
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Can we agree to note the accounts and statements? Agreed. The accounts and financial statements will be published as part of our minutes. As usual, we will request an explanation for any significant non-compliant procurement of more than €500,000 or delays in laying the accounts before the House. The Tusla one will need particular scrutiny.

We move on to correspondence. As previously agreed, items that were not flagged for discussion for this meeting will continue to be dealt with in accordance with the proposed actions that have been circulated. Decisions taken by the committee on that correspondence are recorded in the minutes of the committee's meetings and published on the committee's webpage.

The first category of correspondence under which members have flagged items for discussion is the correspondence from Accounting Officers and-or Ministers and follow-up to Committee of Public Accounts meetings. Correspondence No. 715 is from Mr. Ian Black, CEO of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland, SBCI, dated 6 July 2021, providing further information requested by the committee. We have built up a considerable body of correspondence arising from our engagement with SBCI since last March. At this point it might be in order to consider our draft report on SBCI before taking further action. I propose that we include this latest item as referenced material for that report. Is that agreed? Agreed. It is also proposed to note and publish this item if that is agreed. Agreed.

Deputy Catherine Murphy wants to come in now. I remind everybody that there are over 40 items and I want to try to give everybody a fair chance.