HC Deb 26 March 1998 vol 309 cc754-5

Amendments made: No. 172, in page 66, line 6, at end insert— '() the preparation by a body of accounts extending to financial affairs and transactions of any undertaking (as defined in section 259(1) of the Companies Act 1985) of which the body is (or, if it were an undertaking as so defined, would be) a parent undertaking (within the meaning of section 258 of that Act),'.

No. 173, in page 66, line 7, leave out from 'granting' to end of line 10 and insert 'to auditors, and persons considering reports by any auditor or body, of rights of access to documents and of rights to obtain information, explanations and assistance from persons holding or accountable for documents,'.

No. 174, in page 66, line 13, at end insert— '(3A) The Secretary of State may by order make provision for designating accounting officers of any body specified in Part III of Schedule 14 and specifying their responsibilities.'.

No. 175, in page 66, line 14, after '(1)' insert 'or (3A)'.

No. 176, in page 66, line 18, after '(1)' insert 'or (3A)'.

No. 177, in page 66, line 18, at end insert— '() If requested to do so by the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts, the Audit Committee may—

  1. (a) on behalf of the Committee of Public Accounts take evidence from a person designated in pursuance of subsection (3)(a) or (3A) as an accounting officer of a body specified in Schedule 14, and
  2. (b) report to the Committee of Public Accounts and transmit to that Committee any evidence so taken.'. —[Mr. Jon Owen Jones.]

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