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Scrutiny of Accounts

This page gives details of any meetings held which will, or did, discuss the matter, and includes links to the relevant Papers, Agendas and Minutes.

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Meeting: 18/11/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 1.)

1. Scrutiny of Accounts 2018-19 - Assembly Commission: Consideration of Draft Report

PAC(5)-29-19 Paper 1 – Draft Report

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 18/11/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 3.1)

3.1 Scrutiny of Accounts 2018-19: Letter from the Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government (7 November 2019)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 11/11/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 7)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2018-19: Consideration of evidence received

Minutes:

7.1 Due to time constraints, this item was deferred.


Meeting: 11/11/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 6)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2018-19: Welsh Government

David Richards - Director of Governance and Ethics, Welsh Government

Jeff Farrar – Non-Executive Director

Ann Keane – Non-Executive Director

 

Minutes:

4.1 As part of the Committee’s scrutiny of the Welsh Government’s Consolidated Accounts 2018-19, Members discussed the role of Non-Executive Directors with Ann Keane and Jeff Farrar.

 


Meeting: 11/11/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 4)

4 Scrutiny of Accounts 2018-19: Welsh Government

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-28-19 Paper 2 – Welsh Government Consolidated Accounts 2018-19

PAC(5)-28-19 Paper 3 – Letter from the Permanent Secretary on Loans and Investments

PAC(5)-28-19 Paper 4 – Letter from the Permanent Secretary on Non-Executive Directors

PAC(5)-28-19 Paper 5 – Letter from the Permanent Secretary on the Gypsy and Traveller Capital

PAC(5)-28-28-19 Paper 6 – Letter from the Auditor General for Wales on New Zealand Budgetary Practices

 

Shan Morgan - Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government

Peter Kennedy - HR Director, Welsh Government

David Richards - Director of Governance and Ethics, Welsh Government

Natalie Pearson – Head of Organisational Development and Engagement, Welsh Government

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 The Committee undertook the third scrutiny session with the Permanent Secretary on the Welsh Government’s Consolidated Accounts 2018-19.

4.2 The Permanent Secretary agreed to send a progress report at the end of the year on the Welsh Government’s working group work for the facilitation and promotion of the Welsh language.

 


Meeting: 04/11/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2018-19: Additional information from Assembly Commission (21 October 2019)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 21/10/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 3)

3 Scrutiny of Accounts 2018-19: Welsh Government

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-26-19 Paper 1 – Welsh Government Consolidated Accounts 2018-19

 

Shan Morgan - Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government

Andrew Slade - Director General Economy, Skills and Natural Resources Group, Welsh Government

Peter Ryland - Chief Executive WEFO

Gawain Evans - Director of Finance, Welsh Government

David Richards - Director of Governance and Ethics, Welsh Government

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee undertook the second scrutiny session with the Permanent Secretary on the Welsh Government’s Consolidated Accounts 2018-19.

3.2 The Chair asked for clarification on what the £21.2M loan will be spent on at Cardiff Airport together with a repayment schedule, following publication of the Welsh Government’s written statement earlier today. Andrew Slade agreed to write with further details.

3.3 The Permanent Secretary agreed to:

·         Update the committee on the bilateral discussions scheduled for November regarding the European Agricultural Funds Rural Development Accounts;

·         Provide further information regarding the scale of loss in 2018-19 regarding expired drug stocks and explore if the drugs could have been utilised elsewhere prior to their expiry date, including why the figures for drugs written off were higher than for previous years;

·         Send further details regarding the Welsh Government’s free swimming grant for over 60 year olds;

·         Send further information once the report of the evaluation of the flexible funding pilot is produced; and

·         Clarify why only 41 % of the allocated funding of the Rural Development Plan had been spent as at August 2019.

 

 


Meeting: 21/10/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 5)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2018-19: Consideration of evidence received

Minutes:

5.1 Members considered the evidence received.


Meeting: 07/10/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 3)

3 Scrutiny of Accounts 2018-19: Welsh Government - General scrutiny of accounts

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-24-19 Paper 2 – Welsh Government Consolidated Accounts 2018-19

PAC(5)-24-19 Paper 3 – Recommendations contained in the Committee’s Report on the 2017-18 Annual Report and Accounts

PAC(5)-24-19 Paper 4 – Letter from the Permanent Secretary to the Accounting Officers of the Welsh Government’s Arm’s Length Bodies and Commissioners in Wales (16 September 2019)

PAC(5)-24-19 Paper 5 – Letter from the Permanent Secretary – Update on Response to Recommendations (27 September 2019)

 

Shan Morgan - Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government

Gawain Evans - Director of Finance, Welsh Government

Peter Kennedy - HR Director, Welsh Government

David Richards - Director of Governance and Ethics, Welsh Government

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee received evidence from Shan Morgan - Permanent Secretary, Gawain Evans - Director of Finance, Peter Kennedy - HR Director and David Richards - Director of Governance and Ethics, Welsh Government on the scrutiny of the Welsh Government’s Consolidated Accounts 2018-19.

 

2.2 The Permanent Secretary agreed to:

·         Send a note regarding the Welsh Government’s Non-Executive Directors being able to take on additional roles in addition to their agreed terms;

·         Advise of additional payments made to Non-Executive Directors made in the 2018-19 financial year;

·         Provide more information on loans and investments awarded during the 2018-19 financial year; and

·         Send a note on the underspend which occurred in the capital budget for Gypsies and Travellers.

 


Meeting: 07/10/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 5)

Scrutiny of Accounts: Consideration of evidence received

Minutes:

5.1 Members considered the evidence received.


Meeting: 30/09/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 6)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2018-19: Consideration of evidence received

Minutes:

6. The Committee considered the evidence received.


Meeting: 30/09/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 3)

3 Scrutiny of Accounts 2018-19: Assembly Commission

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-23-19 Paper 1 – Assembly Commission Annual Report and Accounts 2018-19

PAC(5)-23-19 Paper 2 – Recommendations contained in the Committee’s Report on the 2017-18 Annual Report and Accounts

 

Manon Antoniazzi – Chief Executive and Clerk of the Assembly

Nia Morgan – Director of Finance, National Assembly for Wales

Suzy Davies AM – Commissioner with responsibility for ​Budget and Governance

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee received evidence from Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Assembly, Nia Morgan, Director of Finance, National Assembly for Wales and Suzy Davies AM, Commissioner with responsibility for Budget and Governance, on the Assembly Commission’s Accounts.

3.2 The witnesses agreed to send further information on the following points:

·         The stretch targets for the key performance indicators;

·         plans/work being done to reduce single use plastic;

·         The environmental aspects of contract assessments; and

·         A comparison of absence relating to mental health and wellbeing from this year and last year.

 


Meeting: 16/09/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Letter from the Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government (16 July 2019)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 15/07/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 3)

3 Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Letter from the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales (4 July 2019)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 13/05/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Letter from Sport Wales (8 April 2019)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 13/05/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 3)

3 Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Consideration of responses to the Committee's Report

PAC(5)-12-19 Paper 1 – Assembly Commission

PAC(5)-12-19 Paper 1A – Letter from the Assembly Commission on Relaxation of the Establishment Cap (3 May 2019)

PAC(5)-12-19 Paper 2 – National Museum Wales

PAC(5)-12-19 Paper 3 – Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

PAC(5)-12-19 Paper 4 – Welsh Government

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members considered the responses to the Committee’s Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18 Report.

3.2 It was agreed that issues regarding the Assembly Commission and the Welsh Government would be considered as part of the Scrutiny of Accounts 2018-19 and that the Chair would write to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales seeking clarification on a number of points.


Meeting: 01/04/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Letter from the Chair of the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee (20 March 2019)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 25/03/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Additional information from the National Library of Wales (18 March 2019)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 25/03/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 3)

Scrutiny of Accounts: Briefing from Welsh Government

Gawain Evans - Director of Finance, Welsh Government

Chris Munday - Deputy Director, Business Solutions, Welsh Government

 

Minutes:

3.1 Members received a briefing from Welsh Government officials on guarantees and contingent liabilities as recorded in the Welsh Governments Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18.


Meeting: 18/02/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 6)

6 Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Consideration of draft Report

PAC(5)-05-19 Paper 8 – Draft Report

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

6.1 Members considered and agreed the draft report, subject to a small number of amendments which would be circulated by email.


Meeting: 04/02/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 7)

7 Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Consideration of the draft Report

PAC(5)-03-19 Paper 3 – Draft Report

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

7.1 Members considered the final chapters of the draft report and noted that a revised version would be scheduled for further consideration at Committee on 11 February.


Meeting: 28/01/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 9)

9 Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Consideration of draft report

PAC(5)-02-19 Paper 8 – Draft report

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

9.1 Members considered the draft report and due to time constraints, agreed to return to it at the next meeting.


Meeting: 28/01/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Letter from the Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government (14 January 2019)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 14/01/2019 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Additional information from National Museum Wales

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 03/12/2018 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Letter from the Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government (22 November 2018)


Meeting: 03/12/2018 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Additional information from the Assembly Commission (14 November 2018)


Meeting: 03/12/2018 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Additional information from National Museum Wales (15 November 2018)


Meeting: 26/11/2018 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Correspondence from the Assembly Commission (20 November 2018)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 22/10/2018 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 3)

3 Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: National Museum Wales

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-28-18 Paper 1 – National Museum Wales Financial Report 2017-18

PAC(5)-28-18 Paper 2 – National Museum Wales Remit Letter 2017-18

PAC(5)-28-18 Paper 3 – National Museum Wales Remit Letter 2018-19

PAC(5)-28-18 Paper 4 – National Museum Wales update on the Committee’s recommendations regarding the Financial Report 2014-15

PAC(5)-28-18 Paper 5 – National Museum Wales IIP40 Online Survey Report

 

David Anderson – Director General, National Museum Wales

Neil Wicks, Deputy Director General and Director of Finance and Corporate Resources, National Museum Wales

Nia Williams, Director of Learning & Engagement, National Museum Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members scrutinised David Anderson, Director General, Neil Wicks, Deputy Director General and Director of Finance and Corporate Resource, and Nia Williams, Director of Learning & Engagement from National Museum Wales on National Museum Wales’ Annual Report and Accounts for 2017-18.

3.2 Neil Wicks agreed to provide the Committee with the average number of days per employee lost through sickness in 2017-18.


Meeting: 22/10/2018 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 5)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Consideration of evidence received and discussion of key issues for the draft report

Minutes:

5.1 Members considered the evidence received.


Meeting: 15/10/2018 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 3)

3 Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Welsh Government

Research Briefing – Welsh Government Consolidated Accounts

Research Briefing – EU Structural Funds

PAC(5)-27-18 Paper 1 – Welsh Government Consolidated Accounts 2017-18

PAC(5)-27-18 Paper 2 – Welsh Government Annual Report on Grants Management 2017-18

PAC(5)-27-18 Paper 3 – Letter from the Permanent Secretary (22 August 2018)

 

Shan Morgan - Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government

Gawain Evans – Director of Finance, Welsh Government

David Richards – Director of Governance, Welsh Government

Peter Kennedy – HR Director, Welsh Government

Peter Ryland - Deputy Director, Programme Performance & Finance, Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO)

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members scrutinised Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary, Gawain Evans, Director of Finance, David Richards, Director of Governance, Peter Kennedy, HR Director from the Welsh Government and Peter Ryland, Deputy Director of the Welsh European Funding Office on the Welsh Government’s Consolidated Accounts for 2017-18.

3.2 Shan Morgan agreed to take legal advice on whether she can disclose further information on head lease agreements between the Welsh Government and sub-lessees who will be tenants in possession.

 


Meeting: 15/10/2018 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 5)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Consideration of evidence received

Minutes:

5.1 The evidence was considered.


Meeting: 08/10/2018 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Correspondence from the National Library of Wales (6 September 2018)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 08/10/2018 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 8)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Consideration of evidence received

Minutes:

8.1 Members considered the evidence received.


Meeting: 08/10/2018 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 6)

6 Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-26-18 Paper 4 - Public Services Ombudsman for Wales – Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18

PAC(5)-26-18 Paper 5 - Public Services Ombudsman for Wales – Update on Committee recommendations regarding Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14

 

Nick Bennett - Public Services Ombudsman for Wales
Katrin Shaw -
Director of Policy Legal and Governance
David Meaden -  Financial Accountant, Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

6.1 Members scrutinised Nick Bennett, Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, Katrin Shaw, Director of Policy, Legal and Governance and  David Meaden, Financial Accountant, Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, on the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales’ Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18.


Meeting: 08/10/2018 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 5)

5 Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Assembly Commission

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-26-18 Paper 3 – Assembly Commission Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18

 

Manon Antoniazzi – Chief Executive and Clerk of the Assembly

Nia Morgan – Director of Finance, National Assembly for Wales

Suzy Davies AM – Commissioner with responsibility for ​Budget and Governance

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

5.1 Members scrutinised Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Assembly, Nia Morgan, Director of Finance, National Assembly for Wales, and Suzy Davies AM, Commissioner with responsibility for Budget and Governance on the Assembly Commission’s Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18.

5.2 Manon Antoniazzi agreed to write to the Chair with the Assembly Commission’s views once they had considered the paper at their November meeting regarding the new contract KPI for procurement.


Meeting: 16/04/2018 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 5)

5 Scrutiny of Accounts 2017-18: Consideration of responses to the Committee report

PAC(5)-10-18 Paper 3 – Response from the Arts Council for Wales
PAC(5)-10-18 Paper 4 – Response from the Assembly Commission

PAC(5)-10-18 Paper 5 – Response from the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

PAC(5)-10-18 Paper 6 – Response from the National Library of Wales

PAC(5)-10-18 Paper 7 – Response from Sport Wales

PAC(5)-10-18 Paper 8 – Response from the Welsh Government

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

5.1 Members noted and discussed the responses to the recommendations contained in the Committee’s Report.

5.2 The Chair agreed to write to the Welsh Government and National Library of Wales with the Committee’s observations on their responses.

 


Meeting: 15/01/2018 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 6)

6 Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Consideration of the draft report

PAC(5)-01-18 Paper 4 – Draft report

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

6.1 The Members considered the draft Report and suggested a number of additional recommendations.

6.2 The Clerks will amend the draft report and circulate to Members, for agreement, by email.


Meeting: 27/11/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Additional information from Arts Council for Wales (17 November 2017)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 27/11/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Additional information from Sport Wales (14 November 2017)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 27/11/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Additional information from the National Library of Wales (20 November 2017)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 06/11/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Additional information from Sport Wales (1 November 2017)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 06/11/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Additional information from the Welsh Government (16 October 2017)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 06/11/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 4)

4 Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: National Library of Wales

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-28-17 Paper 3 – National Library of Wales Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17

PAC(5)-28-17 Paper 4 – National Library of Wales Annual Remit letter from the Welsh Government

PAC(5)-28-17 Paper 5 – Correspondence from the Welsh Government (18 October 2017)

PAC(5)-28-17 Paper 6 – Correspondence from the Auditor General for Wales (25 October 2017)

 

 

 

Linda Tomas – National Librarian

Rhodri Glyn Thomas – President, National Library of Wales

David Michael - Director of Corporate Resources, National Library of Wales

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members scrutinised Linda Tomas, National Librarian; Rhodri Glyn Thomas, President and David Michael, Director of Corporate Resources at the National Library of Wales on the Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17.

 


Meeting: 06/11/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 6)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Consideration of evidence received

Minutes:

6.1 Members considered the evidence received.

6.1 The Chair asked the Clerks to prepare a report for Member’s consideration.


Meeting: 06/11/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 3)

3 Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Arts Council for Wales

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-28-17 Paper 1 – Arts Council for Wales Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17

PAC(5)-28-17 Paper 2 – Arts Council for Wales Annual Remit letter from the Welsh Government

 

Nick Capaldi – Chief Executive, Arts Council for Wales

Gwyn Williams – Director of Finance, Arts Council for Wales

 

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members scrutinised Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive and Gwyn Williams, Director of Finance at the Arts Council for Wales on the Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17.

3.2 Nick Capaldi agreed to send:

·       further information on the amount of the budget that is allocated for projects specifically targeted for NEETS in disadvantaged areas, the number of projects and the priority attached to them by the Arts Council;

·       a detailed breakdown of the Arts Council for Wales’ reserves; and

·       the number of organisations identified as ‘red risk’ in the portfolio.

 


Meeting: 09/10/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 4)

4 Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Assembly Commission

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-25-17 Paper 3 – Assembly Commission Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17

 

Manon Antoniazzi – Chief Executive and Clerk of the Assembly

Suzy Davies AM – Commissioner for Budget and Governance

Nia Morgan – Director of Finance, National Assembly for Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 Members scrutinised Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Assembly; Suzy Davies AM, Commissioner for Budget and Governance and Nia Morgan, Director of Finance, National Assembly for Wales on the Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17.

4.2 Manon Antoniazzi agreed to send a copy of the Capacity Review Report to the Committee, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.


Meeting: 09/10/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 6)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Consideration of evidence received

Minutes:

6.1 Members considered the evidence received.


Meeting: 09/10/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 3)

3 Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Sport Wales

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-25-17 Paper 1 – Sport Wales Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17

PAC(5)-25-17 Paper 2 – Sport Wales Annual Remit letter from the Welsh Government

 

Sarah Powell – Chief Executive, Sport Wales

Peter Curran - Director of Finance & Corporate Services, Sport Wales

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 The Chair gave the Committee’s condolences to Sport Wales following the fatal accident involving Paul Garrett.  

3.2 Members scrutinised Sarah Powell, Chief Executive and Peter Curran, Director of Finance and Corporate Services at Sport Wales on the Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17.

3.3 Sarah Powell agreed to send further details on the amount of investment the 5 x 60 and Dragon Sport Programmes have received together with the method of evaluating the effectiveness of these programmes together with the last set of evaluation data.


Meeting: 02/10/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 4)

4 Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Welsh Government

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-24-17 Paper 3 – Welsh Government Consolidated Accounts 2016-17

PAC(5)-24-17 Paper 4 - Welsh Government accounts 2015-16 – Update on concessionary travel payments

 

Shan Morgan – Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government

David Richards - Director of Governance, Welsh Government

Gawain Evans - Director of Finance, Welsh Government

Peter Kennedy – HR Director, Welsh Government

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 Members scrutinised Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary at the Welsh Government and her officials, on the Welsh Government Consolidated Accounts 2016-17.

4.2 The Permanent Secretary agreed to:

·       Send a copy of the letter, with appropriate redactions, that her predecessor sent to her prior to taking up her appointment;

·       Send figures on changes to individual staff earnings over £100K in the reporting period; and

·       Send a copy of the current pay policy.

 

 

 


Meeting: 02/10/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 8)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Consideration of evidence received

Minutes:

8.1 Members considered the evidence received.


Meeting: 02/10/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 3)

3 Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-24-17 Paper 1 – Future Generations Commissioner for Wales Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17

PAC(5)-24-17 Paper 2 - Future Generations Commissioner for Wales Settlement Letter 2016-17

 

Sophie Howe - Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Helen Verity - Director of Finance and Corporate Governance  

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members scrutinised Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, and Helen Verity, Director of Finance and Corporate Governance on the Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17.


Meeting: 25/09/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 1)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2016-17: Committee Strategy

Minutes:

1.1 Committee Members participated in training as part of their preparation for the forthcoming work on accounts scrutiny.


Meeting: 27/02/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 3)

3 Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Responses to Committee Report

PAC(5)-07-17 Paper 1 – Welsh Government and Careers Wales

PAC(5)-07-17 Paper 2 – Estyn

PAC(5)-07-17 Paper 3 – Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee noted the response to their report on Accounts Scrutiny 2015-16 and agreed to seek an update on implementation from the Welsh Government in September 2017.


Meeting: 13/02/2017 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Letter from the Welsh Government (2 February 2017)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 12/12/2016 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Welsh Government historic debt: Letter from Simon Thomas AM, Chair of Finance Committee (29 November 2016)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 28/11/2016 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 8)

8 Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Consideration of the draft report

PAC(5)-11-16 Paper 6 – Draft Report

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

8.1 Members considered the draft report and asked for a number of recommendations to be included.

8.2 An amended draft report will be circulated to Members for agreement.


Meeting: 28/11/2016 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Additional information from the Welsh Government (21 November 2016)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 21/11/2016 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 5)

5 Scrutiny of Accounts: Consideration and agreement of the draft report

PAC(5)-10-16 Paper 3 – Draft Report

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

5.1 The Auditor General for Wales advised that he wished to comment on the report in writing and as such the item was deferred for a future meeting.


Meeting: 31/10/2016 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts: Additional information from Careers Wales (19 October 2016)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 31/10/2016 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

2 Scrutiny of Accounts: Additional information from the Welsh Government (17 October 2016)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 17/10/2016 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 2)

Scrutiny of Accounts: Additional information from the Assembly Commission (28 September 2016)


Meeting: 03/10/2016 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 5)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Consideration of evidence received

Minutes:

5.1 Members discussed the evidence received during the course of the accounts scrutiny work for 2015-16.


Meeting: 03/10/2016 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 3)

3 Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Welsh Government

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-05-16 Paper 1

 

Sir Derek Jones – Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government

Gawain Evans – Director of Finance, Welsh Government

Peter Kennedy – Director of Human Resources, Welsh Government

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee scrutinised Sir Derek Jones, Permanent Secretary,

Gawain Evans, Director of Finance and Peter Kennedy, Director of Human Resources, at the Welsh Government on the Welsh Government’s Consolidated Accounts 2015-16.

3.2 Sir Derek Jones agreed to send further information on:

·       The extent to which local authorities are recruiting people externally with appropriate procurement expertise

·       Figures capturing Welsh Government and public sector procurement in Wales

·       Clarification on the variances for the Health and Social Services Group underspend of £153m as detailed in the Summary of Outturn table and the impact on the HSS Ambit underspend had two of the health bodies not overspent.  (together with the effect of the Welsh Government providing additional money to two health boards who had overspent and the effect this had on provisions of cash requirement)

·       Direct the Committee to links for further information (previous correspondence) on the Welsh risk pool

·       Keep the Committee informed on possible disciplinary taken that might need to be taken regarding the fruitless payment of £1.25m

·       How restricted and unquantified potential liabilities are accounted for in terms of clarity


Meeting: 26/09/2016 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 7)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Consideration of evidence received

Minutes:

7.1 Members discussed the evidence received on the scrutiny of Careers Wales, HEFCW’s and Estyn’s annual reports 2015-16


Meeting: 26/09/2016 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 4)

4 Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-04-16 Paper 2

 

Dr David Blaney - Chief Executive, HEFCW

Bethan Owen – Director of Institutional Engagement, HEFCW

Nick Williams – Head of Corporate Services, HEFCW

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 The Committee scrutinised Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive,

Bethan Owen, Director of Institutional Engagement and Nick Williams, Head of Corporate Services, HEFCW on HEFCW’s Annual Report 2015-16.

 


Meeting: 26/09/2016 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 5)

5 Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Estyn

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-04-16 Paper 3

 

Meilyr Rowlands – Chief Inspector, Estyn

Phil Sweeney - Corporate Services Director, Estyn

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

5.1 The Committee scrutinised Meilyr Rowlands, Chief Inspector, and Phil Sweeney, Corporate Services Director, Estyn on Estyn’s Annual Report 2015-16.

 


Meeting: 26/09/2016 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 3)

3 Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Careers Wales

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-04-16 Paper 1
PAC(5)-04-16 Paper 1A

 

Richard Spear – Chief Executive, Careers Wales
Nikki Lawrence – Director of Resources, Careers Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee scrutinised Richard Spear, Chief Executive and

Nikki Lawrence, Director of Resources at Careers Wales on Careers Wales Annual Report 2015-16.

3.2 Richard Spear agreed to send further information on:

·       The accounts explain that Careers Wales’ employees are members of seven Local Government Pension Schemes following the historical merger of the regional careers companies. These seven areas are listed in the accounts but the Committee wishes to seek clarification on why the former West Glamorgan County Council is not included in the list.

·       The number of contacts made through the medium of Welsh and also the number of contacts made through non-English and non-Welsh languages.

 

 


Meeting: 19/09/2016 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 11)

Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Consideration of evidence received

Minutes:

11.1 Members discussed the evidence received on the scrutiny of the Assembly Commission annual report 2015-16.


Meeting: 19/09/2016 - Public Accounts Committee (Item 10)

10 Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Assembly Commission

PAC(5)-03-16 Paper 13 – Assembly Commission Annual Report 2015-16

PAC(5)-03-16 Paper 14 – Assembly Commission Annual Report 2015-16 – Executive Summary

Research Briefing

 

Suzy Davies AM - Assembly Commissioner

Claire Clancy – Chief Executive and Clerk to the Assembly

Nia Morgan – Director of Finance, National Assembly for Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

10.1 The Committee scrutinised Suzy Davies AM, Assembly Commissioner, Claire Clancy, Chief Executive and Clerk to the Assembly and Nia Morgan, Director of Finance, National Assembly for Wales on the Assembly Commission Annual Report 2015-16.

 

 


 

 

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