HC Deb 28 February 1996 vol 272 cc582-3W
Dr. Wright

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the executive non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department which are subject to(a) investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner, (b) scrutiny by the Audit Commission, (c) scrutiny by the National Audit Office, (d) statutory provisions for open Government, (e) performance indicators and (f) provisions under the citizens charter. [16026]

Mr. Hague

The information requested is as follows:

  1. (a) The Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales, the Arts Council of Wales, the Cardiff Bay development corporation, the Countryside Council for Wales, the Development Board for Rural Wales. Housing for Wales, the Land Authority for Wales, the Residuary Body for Wales, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, the Sports Council for Wales, the Wales tourist board, the Welsh Language Board, and the agricultural wages committees are all open to the scrutiny of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration.
  2. (b) The Audit Commissioner is the external auditor of the Residuary Body for Wales.
  3. (c) The Comptroller and Auditor General is the external auditor of all Welsh executive NDPBs except the RB, Wales Youth Agency, HfW, and CBDC, to whose books and papers he nevertheless has access (a) under the National Audit Act 1983 for the purpose of carrying out examinations on value for money, and (b) by agreement, for the purpose of examining questions of regularity and propriety.
  4. (d) All are encouraged to adopt procedures under the code of access to government information.

(e) All identify, publish and report against key performance measures in their annual reports other than the Higher and Further Education Funding Councils for Wales which give details in their corporate plans which are also published.

(f) All are subject to the provisions of the citizen's charter.