Draft Public Audit (Wales) Bill

Pre-Legislative Scrutiny

The House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee conducted an inquiry into the draft Public Audit (Wales) Bill, which was published by the Wales Office on Thursday 3 April 2003.

About the draft Bill

The draft Bill is available either from the Wales Office website at: http://www.ossw.wales.gov.uk/report.html or from the The Stationery Office Bookshops (telephone orders: 0870 600 5522)

The draft Bill proposes to bring together the functions of the Auditor General in Wales and most of the functions of the audit Commission in Wales into a single audit body to be known as the Wales Audit Office.

The Auditor General for Wales would head the new body, which would be responsible for the financial audit and value for money audit of:

  • The National Assembly for Wales and its sponsored bodies;

  • Health bodies in Wales,  primarily the NHS trust and Local Health Boards; and

  • Local government bodies in Wales

Report

The report was published on Thursday 10th July.

Government Response

The Government Response, (the Committee's Frist Special Report of Session 2003-04, HC 87) was published on 11 December 03

Press Notices

11/04/2003    New Inquiry Announced
04/06/2003    Schedule of Oral Evidence Sessions
10/06/2003    Oral Evidence from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales
03/07/2003    Publication of Report
08/12/2003    Publication of Government Response
ggggggg        dddddddddddddd

Oral Evidence Sessions

MONDAY 9 JUNE FROM 3.00 PM AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES, CARDIFF, COMMITTEE ROOM 1
Oral Evidence Session 1 Uncorrected Oral Evidence: HC 763-i
Welsh Local Government Association;
Ann Lloyd, Director, NHS Wales;
Prof Colin Talbot, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Glamorgan;
Sue Essex AM, Minister for Finance, Local Government and Public Services; David Powell, National Assembly Compliance Officer and Adam Peat, Assembly Director for Local Government and Culture

WEDNESDAY 11 JUNE FROM 3.00 PM AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
Oral Evidence Session 2 Uncorrected Oral Evidence: HC 763-ii
Sir John Bourn KCB, Auditor General for Wales, and Ian Summers, Financial Director National Audit Office, Wales;
James Strachan, Chairman and Clive Grace, Director General of the Audit Commission

WEDNESDAY 18 JUNE FROM 10.00 AM, COMMITTEE ROOM 17 AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
Oral Evidence Session 3 Uncorrected Oral Evidence: HC 763-iii
Don Touhig MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales and David Powell, National Assembly Compliance Officer

The meetings will be open to the public.  Those wishing to attend should confirm the venue by calling the House of Commons Committee Information Line on 020 7219 2033 on the day before the hearing.

The Committee intends to publish the transcript of these meetings on its homepage approximately two weeks after each meeting (http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/welsh_affairs_committee.cfm).