AT A MEETING of the HAMPSHIRE FIRE AND RESCUE AUTHORITY GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE held at The Castle, Winchester on 29 September 2006.

Item 16

PRESENT:

Mr S. Taylor, District Auditor and Mr. R. Reeve, Audit Manager, attended the meeting for Minute 28.

24 APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor H Jones.

25 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members were mindful that, where they believed they had a personal or personal prejudicial interest in any matter to be considered at the meeting, they should, normally at the time of debate, disclose their interest and having regard to the circumstances described in paragraphs 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the Fire Authority's Code of Conduct consider whether to leave the meeting whilst the matter was discussed.

There were no declarations of interest made by Members under this item.

26 MINUTES

The Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 22 June 2006 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

27 DEPUTATIONS

There were no deputations.

28 HFRA - ANNUAL GOVERNANCE REPORT - AUDIT 2005/06

The Committee considered the Audit Commission's Annual Governance report (Item 5 in the Minute Book) on behalf of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

Mr. S. Taylor and Mr. R. Reeve introduced their report and highlighted the main issues contained therein. They had concluded they could provide an unqualified opinion on the accounts. They were satisfied that the Authority has the proper arrangements in place for securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources and supported an unqualified value for money conclusion. The Committee welcomed the report and, whilst being informed of the few weaknesses identified in internal control were reassured that these were minor only and made no material difference to the overall opinion.

RESOLVED:

That the Committee thanks the Audit Commission for their Annual Governance Report and notes with satisfaction that the Audit Commission has no formal recommendations to make as a result of the Statutory Code of Practice Audit regarding future actions on the part of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

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