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Resolutions Expressing Opinions of the Senate: 42 Statutory authorities



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RESOLUTIONS EXPRESSING OPINIONS OF THE SENATE

Accountability

42 Statutory authorities

The Senate reaffirms the principle expressed in the resolution agreed to in committee of the whole on 2 December 1971 and adopted by the Senate on 9 December 1971, viz.: “That whilst it may be argued that statutory authorities are not accountable through the responsible minister of state to Parliament for day-to-day operations, they may be called to account by Parliament itself at any time and that there are no areas of expenditure of public funds where these corporations have a discretion to withhold details or explanations from Parliament or its committees unless the Parliament has expressly provided otherwise.”.

(23 October 1974 J.283)