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Helm Report

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken in response to the Helm Report recommendation that significant improvement is required in the finance function of education and library boards in the Province. (103473)

The Helm report included 17 specific recommendations aimed at improving financial management and reporting in the education and library boards. Following the report, and in the context of the forthcoming changes to education administration structures, an action plan was agreed between the three departments that currently fond the education and library boards which set out 25 specific areas for action or improvement. I understand that 12 of these actions have already been put in place and that progress is continuing to be made on a further 11. The remaining improvements will be put in place in the context of designing the finance a accountability arrangements that will apply to the new Education and Skills Authority.