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SCOTTISH COMMISSION FOR PUBLIC AUDIT MINUTES 1st Meeting, (Session 2) 2004 Committee Room 3 Wednesday 28 April 2004

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Members present:

Margaret Jamieson (Convener)

Mr Brian Monteith

Mr Andrew Welsh

 

Also present was Dave Ferguson, Audit Adviser

Apologies were received from Cathy Peattie and Mr Keith Raffan.

The meeting opened at 6.05 pm.

1. Audit Scotland’s Provisional Expenditure Plan 2005-06 (in private): The Commission considered Audit Scotland’s Provisional Expenditure Plan for the financial year 2005/06 and took evidence from

Mr Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland

Mr Russell Frith, Director of Audit Strategy

Ms Diane McGiffen, Director of Corporate Services

The Commission agreed to write a follow-up letter to HM Treasury on the subject of

Audit Scotland’s VAT status.

2. Audit Scotland’s Corporate Plan 2004-07 (in private): The Commission received a briefing on Audit Scotland’s Corporate Plan 2004-07 from

Mr Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland

Mr Russell Frith, Director of Audit Strategy

Ms Diane McGiffen, Director of Corporate Services

3. Economy, Efficiency and Effectiveness Examination of Audit Scotland (in private): The Commission received a briefing from the Audit Adviser on the remit for its proposed economy, efficiency and effectiveness examination of Audit Scotland. The Commission agreed an alternative remit proposed by the Audit Adviser, focussing on graduate training, subject to preliminary work being carried out first.

4. Auditors of Audit Scotland (in private): The Commission considered a paper from the Audit Adviser on renewing the contract of the auditors of Audit Scotland. The Commission agreed to offer the auditors a further one-year extension to their contract, which would expire on 2 January 2006.

The meeting closed at 7.07 pm.

Terry Shevlin
Secretary to the Commission