PAC To Welcome Clerk From UK Parliament

February 5, 2019

A clerk from the UK Parliament will be visiting the island, where he will “work alongside the Clerk of the PAC in the Bermuda Parliament and other relevant stakeholders.”

According to the announcement from the CPA UK,, “The Bermuda Public Accounts Committee [PAC] will welcome a clerk from the UK Parliament from 4-15 February 2019.

“The attachment is part of the UK Overseas Territories Project [UKOTP], a three-year project on public financial oversight delivered in partnership by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK [CPA UK], the UK National Audit Office [NAO] and the Government Internal Audit Agency [GIAA].

“Stephen McGinness – who is Clerk of the House of Commons PAC – will work alongside the Clerk of the PAC in the Bermuda Parliament and other relevant stakeholders.

“The role of the PAC is to look at how public money has been spent and scrutinise value for money, holding the government to account on the delivery of policies.

“The attachment will provide bespoke face-to-face assistance in the preparation of inquiry planning, public reporting, and communicating findings with the aim of strengthening the capacity of the committee.”

Stephen McGinness stated: “With 20 years in the UK Parliament, and eight as a parliamentary clerk, I hope I will be able to bring my experience and expertise to assist in the day-to-day running of the Bermuda Public Accounts Committee.

“I also intend to build long-lasting relationships with colleagues in Bermuda that can continue to support the work of the PAC as well as my own work in the UK.”

“The UK Overseas Territories Project has organised previous clerk attachments to PACs in Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, St Helena and Turks & Caicos Islands drawing on expertise from the legislative bodies of Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Wales and Jersey.

“Support to the Bermuda PAC will continue in March 2019 when the PAC Chair, Hon. Patricia Gordon-Pamplin MP, and Clerk will attend the UKOTP Oversight of Public Finances Forum in Miami.

“The Forum will explore progress in Territories to date; address some of the common challenges faced by PACs, Internal and External Audit agencies; and look ahead to future opportunities for further development around public financial oversight.”

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  1. Onion Juicer says:

    You mean scrutinize great value for money deals like Port Royal’s $24 Million which was $20 Million OVER BUDGET?

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