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Accounting Officers

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions since 13 January he has been informed of a minister issuing a direction to an accounting officer as set out in paragraphs 14 to 17 of the Treasury document, The Responsibilities of an Accounting Officer; on which grounds the note of dissent was issued; and if he will make a statement. [119533]

The Treasury has been informed of one direction issued under the procedures set out in paragraphs 14 to 17 of the Treasury document "The Responsibilities of an Accounting Officer", since the reply given by my right hon. Friend, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, on 13 January 2003, Official Report, column 413W. The direction was issued by the Department of Trade and Industry on value for money grounds, in respect of Regional Selective Assistance.