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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 532: debated on Wednesday 14 September 2011

Ministerial Correction

Wednesday 14 September 2011

Home Department

Topical Questions

The following is the answer given by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May), to a question from the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr Jackson) during Home Department Question Time on 12 September 2011.

T4. The Equality and Human Rights Commission posted qualified accounts in 2009-10 and the auditors found poor financial management, poor record keeping and poor leadership. What specific actions will the Minister take to rectify this problem and to ensure that taxpayers’ money is not wasted by that organisation? (70953)

I thank my hon. Friend for drawing attention to the issue. The qualifications, of course, represent spend for periods under the previous Government and we have been absolutely clear with the EHRC from the start that any problems with its accounts under this Government are likely to result in financial consequences for it. In March, we set out our plans to change the EHRC. Our consultation closed in June and we will be responding shortly, but we have already announced that we will reduce its budget by more than half from £55 million in 2010-11 to £28.8 million in 2014-15.

[Official Report, 12 September 2011, Vol. 532, c. 751-52.]

Letter of correction from Mrs Theresa May:

An error has been identified in the oral answer given on 12 September 2011. The correct answer should have been:

I thank my hon. Friend for drawing attention to the issue. The qualifications, of course, represent spend for periods under the previous Government and we have been absolutely clear with the EHRC from the start that any problems with its accounts under this Government are likely to result in financial consequences for it. In March, we set out our plans to change the EHRC. Our consultation closed in June and we will be responding shortly, but we have already announced that we will reduce its budget by more than half from £55 million in 2010-11 to £26.8 million in 2014-15.