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Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

Here you can browse the Amendments to the Government Resources and Accounts Bill to be moved in Grand Committee in the House of Lords.

  
After Clause 8
 
  
BY THE LORD HIGGINS
THE VISCOUNT BRIDGEMAN
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
 ("Performance statements 
       .--(1)  This section applies to any government department which is required to prepare resource accounts under section 5, unless otherwise provided by an order made under subsection (6).
 
    (2)  A department to which this section applies in any financial year shall prepare a performance statement in respect of that year analysing the performance of the department in using the resources to which the accounts relate in achieving its objectives for that financial year.
 
    (3)  A department shall send its performance statement to the Comptroller and Auditor General with the resource accounts sent to him under section 5, or at such other time as the Comptroller and Auditor General may specify in respect of that statement.
 
    (4)  The Comptroller and Auditor General may examine any performance statement which he receives from a department under subsection (2) and may report on it to the House of Commons.
 
    (5)  Subsection (4) shall not entitle the Comptroller and Auditor General to question the merits of the policy objectives of a department to which the performance statement relates.
 
    (6)  The Treasury may by order designate a department as one to which this section does not apply or as regards which the operation of this section is modified to the extent specified in the order, and such order may be expressed to apply to all financial years or to any specified financial year.
 
    (7)  An order under subsection (6) shall be made by statutory instrument, and shall not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by resolution of, the House of Commons.")
Performance statements.
  
After Clause 11
 
  
BY THE LORD HIGGINS
THE VISCOUNT BRIDGEMAN
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
 (National Accounts Commission 
     .--(1)  The Treasury shall establish a National Accounts Commission.
 
    (2)  The Comptroller and Auditor General shall determine the duties of the Commission, which shall include--
    (a)  the definition of standards of national accounting practice to apply to all departmental accounts; and
    (b)  the functions assigned to it under this Act.")
National Accounts Commission.
  
Clause 16
 
  
BY THE LORD HIGGINS
THE VISCOUNT BRIDGEMAN
 
     Page 9, line 31, after ("on") insert ("upstream") 
     Page 9, line 31, at end insert ("activities") 
     Page 9, line 39, at end insert--
 
    ("(3)  The accounts of a body to which financial assistance is provided under this section shall be open to inspection of the Comptroller and Auditor General and that body shall give such explanations of those accounts as he may reasonably require.")
 
  
Clause 17
 
  
BY THE LORD HIGGINS
THE VISCOUNT BRIDGEMAN
 
     Page 9, line 40, leave out subsection (1) and insert--
 
    ("(1)  In section 16, "upstream public-private partnership business activities" means acting as a manager in the organisation of public-private partnership projects, providing public sector organisations with expert advisory and implementation skills, providing interim finance for feasibility studies for local government public-private partnership projects and negotiating the necessary arrangements for particular public-private partnerships with the relevant government departments and the Treasury.")
 
 
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