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AU/S3/08/10/M

10th Meeting, 2008 (Session 3)

Wednesday 28 May 2008

Present:

Willie Coffey
Murdo Fraser (Deputy Convener)
Hugh Henry (Convener)
Stuart McMillan
George Foulkes
Charlie Gordon
Jim Hume
Andrew Welsh

The meeting opened at 10.00 am.

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee agreed to take agenda items 4 and 5 in private.

2. National Fraud initiative in Scotland 2006/07: The Committee received a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the report entitled “National Fraud Initiative in Scotland 2006/07”.

3. Section 22 Reports: The Committee received a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the Section 22 reports entitled “The 2006/07 Audit of James Watt College” and “The 2006/07 Audit of Kilmarnock College”.

4. Consideration of the title and remit of the Audit Committee: The Committee considered correspondence from the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee regarding proposed changes to the title and remit of the Audit Committee. The Committee was content with the proposed changes.

5. Consideration of approach: The Committee considered its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled “A review of free personal and nursing care” (AGS/2008/1) in light of the publication of a report by Lord Sutherland entitled “Independent review of free personal and nursing care in Scotland”. The Committee agreed to write to the Accountable Officer to pursue a number of issues raised during discussion and to invite him to give oral evidence to the Committee.

The Committee also considered its approach to the report entitled “National Fraud Initiative in Scotland 2006/07”. The Committee agreed to note the report and to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to request that legislation providing explicit data matching powers for Audit Scotland be brought forward at the earliest opportunity.

The Committee considered its approach to the Section 22 reports entitled “The 2006/07 Audit of James Watt College” and “The 2006/07 Audit of Kilmarnock College”. The Committee agreed to note the two Section 22 reports. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Funding Council to pursue issues regarding governance and accountability in the sector.

The meeting closed at 11.05 am.

Tracey Reilly
Clerk to the Committee