Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (442)

Pat Buckley

Question:

442. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Education if she has received the 2019 audit financial statement and audited 2019 annual report from each State agency under the remit of her Department; if not, the State agency that has yet to provide its financial statement and or annual report to her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8633/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Financial Reporting obligations of the aegis bodies under the remit of my Department are informed, as appropriate, by the relevant legislative underpinning the aegis bodies and also by the stipulations of the 2016 Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

The details sought by the Deputy are available in the attached table. I am advised by my officials that it is at the C&AG's discretion the order in which his Office audits the financial statements of State Bodies, including those under the remit of my Department.

Details in regard to 2019 Financial Statements and Annual Report  

Aegis Bodies who are audited by the  Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General

Aegis Bodies under remit of Department of Education   

Date 2019 Financial Statements were certified by the Comptroller and Auditor General 

Date certified 2019 Financial Statements were forwarded to the Department of Education

Date the 2019 Aegis Body Financial Statements were presented to the Houses of the Oireachtas 

Date 2019 annual Report presented to Department 

In circumstances where it is   appropriate for the Body to Present the Annual Report to the Oireachtas - Date Presented 

National Council for Special Education

30/09/2020

09/10/2020

23/10/2020

26/06/2020

03/07/2020

State Examinations Commission

31/08/2020

14/09/2020

02/10/2020

04/01/2021

No statutory obligation to present the SEC Annual Report to the Houses of the Oireachtas  - the SEC typically publish it on their website

 Caranua (the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund) 

06/08/2020

17/08/2020

01/12/2020. 

21/07/2020

13/11/2020

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

30/09/2020

09/10/2020

12/10/2020

15/10/2020

No statutory obligation to present the NCCA Annual Report to the Houses of the Oireachtas  - the NCCA typically publish it on their website

Educational Research Centre

15/12/2020

13/01/2021

The preparatory work to present the financial statements is in train 

Annual Report is awaited

No statutory obligation to present the ERC Annual Report to the Houses of the Oireachtas  - the ERC typically publish it on their website

Bodies Under the Aegis of the Department of Education who are required to Produce Financial Statements & Annual Reports

Details in regard to 2019 Financial Statements and Annual Report  

Aegis Bodies who are audited by Commercial Auditors

Aegis Bodies under remit of Department of Education   

Date 2019 Financial Statements were certified by the Commercial Auditor 

Date certified 2019 Financial Statements were forwarded to the Department of Education

Date the 2019 Aegis Body Financial Statements were presented to the Houses of the Oireachtas (Where appropriate)

Date 2019 annual Report presented to Department (Note included where there is  no requirement on the Aegis Body to supply an annual report)

In circumstances where it is   appropriate for the Body to Present the Annual Report to the Oireachtas - Date Presented 

The Teaching Council

13/07/2020

30/07/2020

In line with usual TC Practice - the 2019 accounts will be laid with the 2019/20 annual report in 2021

The Annual Report is in the final stages of being cleared by the Teaching Council. It is anticipated it will be supplied to the Department by end March 2021.

The Teaching Council is required to present its Annual Report to the Houses of the Oireachtas

An Chomhairle um Oideachais Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaiochta (COGG)

27/03/2020

30/06/ 2020

N/A

There is no Statutory obligation on COGG to present its annual report in the Houses

N/A

Léargas - The Exchange Bureau (includes the National Centre for Guidance in Education)2

05/06/2020

09/07/2020

N/A

There is no Statutory obligation on the National Centre for Guidance in Education to present its annual report in the Houses

N/A

Note 1 - Details of annual expenditure in regard to three of the Redress aegis bodies, are included within the Department's Vote 26 Appropriation Accounts as the Department acts as Paymaster for the three bodies: - the details are listed within the Notes on Commissions and Inquiries for the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, the Residential Institutions Review Committee and the Residential Institutions Redress Board.

Note 2 - The Financial Statements of the National Centre for Guidance in Education are audited in conjunction with the financial statements of Léargas - the Exchange Bureau, with a consolidated financial statements produced. However an individual annual report is developed by the NCGE. Léargas is under the aegis of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.