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The Audit Commission

Volume 21: debated on Monday 5 April 1982

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I beg to move amendment No. 22, in page 24, line 13, at end insert—

'(7) Notwithstanding sub-paragraphs (1) and (3) above, the first Controller of Audit shall be appointed by the Secretary of State who shall determine the terms and conditions on which he is to be employed by the Commission.'.
This amendment was not suggested by the Opposition but was foreshadowed by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Wales, who told the Committee that the Government intended to table an amendment whereby the Secretary of State would appoint the first controller of audit. The Committee understood the reasons for that, and the amendment is tabled to discharge that undertaking.