Welsh Affairs Committee

11 April 2003

Pre-Legislative Scrutiny


The House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee is to conduct 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

Call for evidence

Interested parties are invited to submit written evidence to the Clerk of the Committee at the address above, to arrive not later than Monday 12 May 2003.  If possible, please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e mail to welshcom@parliament.uk or on a disk.  If submitted by e mail or e mail attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the e mail.  Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at: www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm

The Wales Office is carrying out a consultation exercise on the draft Bill.  The Welsh Affairs Committee is happy to receive copies of submissions to this consultation but it would be helpful if you could indicate if your submission is a copy of, or substantially the same as, a submission which has been made to the Government.

Timetable for the inquiry

It is likely that the Committee will hold one or two oral evidence sessions in June.  The Committee aims to report on the draft Bill early in July.

Membership of the Committee: Mr Martyn Jones MP (Chairman), Mr Martin Caton MP, Mr Huw Edwards MP, Dr Hywel Francis MP, Ms Julie Morgan MP, Mr Albert Owen MP, Mr Adam Price MP, Mr Mark Prisk MP, Mr Bill Wiggin MP, Mrs Betty Williams MP and Mr Roger Williams MP.