Vocational Education (Amendment) Act, 2001

Accountability of chief executive officer to Public Accounts Committee.

17.—(1) The chief executive officer of a vocational education committee shall, whenever required to do so by the Committee of Dáil Éireann established under the Standing Orders of Dáil Éireann to examine and report to Dáil Éireann on the appropriation accounts and reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General (hereafter in this section referred to as the “Committee”), give evidence to that Committee on—

(a) the regularity and propriety of the transactions recorded or required to be recorded in any book or other record of account subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General that that vocational education committee is required by this Act to prepare,

(b) the economy and efficiency of the vocational education committee in the use of its resources,

(c) the systems, procedures and practices employed by the vocational education committee for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of its operations, and

(d) any matter affecting the vocational education committee referred to in a special report of the Comptroller and Auditor General under section 11(2) of the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act, 1993 , or in any other report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (in so far as it relates to a matter specified in paragraph (a), (b) or (c)) that is laid before Dáil Éireann.

(2) In the performance of his or her duties under this section, the chief executive officer shall not question or express an opinion on the merits of any policy of the Government or a Minister of the Government or on the merits of the objectives of such a policy.