Home Building Finance Ireland Act 2018

Chapter 2

Public accountability

Accountability to Committee of Public Accounts

17. (1) The chairperson of the board of HBFI shall nominate a member of that board or a senior officer of HBFI (referred to in this section as the “nominated person”) for the purposes of this section.

(2) The nominated person shall, whenever required by the Committee of Dáil Éireann established under the Standing Orders of Dáil Éireann to examine and report to Dáil Éireann on the accounts and reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, 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 or account subject to audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General that HBFI is required by or under an enactment to prepare,

(b) the economy and efficiency of HBFI in its use of the resources made available to it under this Act,

(c) the systems, procedures and practices employed by HBFI for the purposes of evaluating the effectiveness of its operations, and

(d) any matter affecting HBFI referred to in—

(i) any special report of the Comptroller and Auditor General under section 11 (2) of the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993 , or

(ii) any other report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (in so far as it relates to a matter specified in any of paragraphs (a) to (c)) that is laid before Dáil Éireann.

(3) In appearing before a Committee referred to in subsection (2), the nominated person appears as a person accountable to the Committee and not as an accounting officer.

(4) The nominated person, in giving evidence under subsection (2), 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.

(5) Any evidence given under subsection (2) shall, subject to preserving confidentiality in relation to such commercially sensitive information as determined by HBFI, relate to the policies of HBFI.