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Resolutions Expressing Opinions of the Senate: 44 Statutory authorities

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44 Statutory authorities

The committee, having considered the reports of Estimates Committees, recommends -

(a) that the Senate again reaffirm the principle - first adopted by the Senate following consideration of the report by Estimates Committee B in 1971, and reaffirmed in 1974:

“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.” ...

(4 June 1984 J.902)

Note: Resolution of a committee of the whole, adopted by the Senate on 4 June 1984. Part of a longer resolution dealing also with other matters. The above principle was again reaffirmed by the Senate on 29 May 1997 (J.2042).