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  PART II
  PARLIAMENTARY SCRUTINY
 
Local government expenditure
Reports etc. of Audit Commission.     13. - (1) The Audit Commission Act 1998 is amended as follows.
 
      (2) After section 32 insert-
 
 
"Reports to House of Commons.     32A. The Commission-
 
    (a) shall, in the case of any report-
 
      (i) pursuant to a direction under section 25, or
 
      (ii) under section 8, and
 
    (b) may, in any other case,
  send any report under this Part to the Comptroller and Auditor General."
 
      (3) In section 33 (studies for improving economy etc. in services)-
 
 
    (a) in subsection (5), omit ", in the case of studies relating to a health service body,",
 
    (b) after that subsection insert-
 
    "(5A) The Comptroller and Auditor General shall from time to time lay before the House of Commons a report of any matters which, in his opinion, arise out of studies of the Commission under this section and ought to be drawn to the attention of that House.", and
 
 
    (c) in subsection (6), at the end insert-
 
    " and take into account any proposals made by the Committee of Public Accounts".
 
      (4) In section 34(6) (consultation about studies on impact of statutory provisions etc.), at the end insert-
 
 
    " and shall take into account any proposals made by the Committee of Public Accounts".
 
      (5) In section 53(1) (interpretation), at the appropriate place insert-
 
 
    ""Committee of Public Accounts" shall be construed in accordance with section 13 of the National Audit Act 1983;".
 
Public appointments
Public appointments: approval etc. by Parliament.     14. - (1) Any person selected to hold an office listed in the Schedule shall be appointed to that office only after each House of Parliament has so resolved on a motion moved by a Minister of the Crown.
 
      (2) A motion under subsection (1) may only be moved if the selection of that person has been confirmed-
 
 
    (a) by the appropriate committee of the House of Commons after consulting any appropriate committee of the House of Lords, or
 
    (b) if each House so resolves, by the appropriate committee of the House of Lords or by such committees of each House acting jointly.
      (3) The list set out in the Schedule may be altered by an order made by a Minister of the Crown which is-
 
 
    (a) contained in a statutory instrument and
 
    (b) laid in draft before, and approved by resolution of, each House.
      (4) In subsection (2) "the appropriate committee" means such committee as each House may appoint for the purpose.
 
 
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