Schedule 2

Part of Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 2:15 pm ar 3 Mawrth 2011.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Shadow Minister (Treasury) 2:15, 3 Mawrth 2011

Essentially, I wish to reiterate—I mentioned this in debating the previous clause—that if the Minister is able to give us a sense of the total cost of the governance structures and arrangements, it would be useful. There are a number of other little observations that are worth mentioning. We had an interesting debate earlier about how it was exceptional and perhaps inappropriate for the Treasury Committee to have oversight of the appointment of non-executive members of the OBR. However, I note that, under schedule 2, all non-executive members of the NAO are to be appointed by the Public Accounts Commission. That is obviously a slight problem in her argument. There are parliamentary processes regarding the appointment of non-executive members. If the Minister could explain the consistency of her argument on that point, it might be useful.

There are no restrictions under part 4 regarding terms of appointment—determination of appointment—on the severance or compensation provisions. In fact, there is no mention at all of severance or compensation provisions. As I read the Bill, whereas in relation to the OBR the Treasury is taking a power in a general sense to make a payment in those circumstances, there is no provision for payment at all to be made on the termination of appointments. Therefore, I am assuming that whether because of voluntary or compulsory removal from office or departure from office, no compensation would be allowable for those persons either appointed to the board or employed at the NAO. That might be something that has been accidentally missed from the drafting. Obviously, we have time to address those things. By and large, the provisions seem otherwise to be fairly straightforward.