HC Deb 11 December 1972 vol 848 cc60-1W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland why the extra £60 million grant-in-aid for the expenses of administration for his office will not be accounted for in detail to the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Mr. van Straubenzee

Clause 2 of the Northern Ireland (Financial Provisions) Act 1972 provides for grants-in-aid payable from the Northern Ireland Office to the Northern Ireland Exchequer. Any grants paid will be contributions in support of general revenue and not towards specific expenditure. Expenditure of Northern Ireland departments is examined by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland, and under Clause 3 of the Act arrangements are being made for appropriation accounts and reports to be presented to the House of Commons.