28/05/2002

NITB to be investigated by Public Accounts Committee

The Stormont Public Accounts Committee (PAC) are to hold a public evidence session on a series of reports into spending by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB).

During the sessions the Committee will take evidence from the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment, Mr Bruce Robinson, and his team.

It is understood that at the session will examine evidence on three reports originating from the Northern Ireland Audit Office.

These are a report on the NITB Accounts 2000-01, which dealt with the use of a credit card in NITB’s New York Office and payments to Directors, an NITB: grant to the Malone Lodge Hotel. The session will also look at portions of the Northern Ireland Appropriation Accounts 1999/2000 and the PAC’s Composite Report on Issues Dealt with by Correspondence by the Committee – both reports dealt with the issue of the award of printing contracts by NITB.

The evidence session will be held in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings on Thursday, May 30.

(SP)

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