Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Sixteenth Report



APPENDIX 5

Memorandum by the Northern Ireland Office

PUBLIC PROCESSIONS (NORTHERN IRELAND) ACT 1998 (ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT) ORDER 2000 (S.I. 2000/655)

  1. The Committee considered the above instrument at its meeting on 28th March and has requested that the Northern Ireland Office submit a memorandum on the following point:

    Given that Schedule 1 paragraph 12(5) of the Act states that the financial year of the Commission shall be "the period of 12 months ending on 31st December;", explain which "31st March" (which is substituted for "31st December") is intended.

  2. In reply the Northern Ireland Office states that the 31st March intended is the 31st March 2001 and that the accounting period for the Parades Commission will then end on the 31st March in every future year. However the Department accepts that transitional provisions are needed for the first year of the change and undertakes to bring forward an Amending Order at the earliest opportunity.


 
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