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House of Commons clerk to work on Bermuda accounts

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HAMILTON, Bermuda, Feb 5, CMC — Britain is to send a clerk from the House of Commons to Bermuda under a three-year project on public financial oversight involving the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK, the UK National Audit Office and the Government Internal Audit Agency.

Stephen McGinness, the clerk of the House of Commons PAC, will during his 11-day visit, work alongside members of the island’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

A British government statement said that the move would “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”.

McGinness said 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 the Caribbean islands of Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos as well as St Helena, drawing on expertise from the legislative bodies of Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Wales and Jersey.

The statement also said PAC chairwoman Patricia Gordon-Pamplin, one of Bermuda’s 11 opposition MPs, will attend the UKOTP Oversight of Public Finances Forum in Miami in March.

The forum will explore progress in Britain’s Overseas Territories, address common challenges faced by PACs, internal and external audit agencies and explore further potential development of public financial oversight.

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