§ Mr. English
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the accounts of the Northern Ireland electricity service are published, laid before Parliament or presented to him; who audits them; and who chooses that auditor.
§ Mr. Concannon:
The annual report of the Northern Ireland electricity service, which includes a statement of account, is presented to the Minister responsible and published. It is not laid before Parliament but copies are placed in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament.
The Electricity Supply (Northern Ireland) Order requires the service to appoint auditors annually with the approval of the Department of Commerce. The auditors since the inception of the service have been Atkinson and Boyd, chartered accountants.