Letter to the Speaker

Hon Doug Kidd
House of Representatives

Mr Speaker

I am pleased to forward this report to you for presentation to the House of Representatives pursuant to section 33 of the Public Finance Act 1977.

This report sets out the results of our inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the chartering of aircraft by the Department of Work and Income to enable its service centre managers to attend a course at Wairakei Resort on 3 and 4 June 1999.

The Chief Executive of the Department asked me to undertake this inquiry. However, the matter has attracted a high level of media attention and has been the subject of comment by Ministers and Members of Parliament. Accordingly, I considered that I should report the results of our inquiry to the House.

D J D Macdonald
Controller and Auditor-General

15 October 1999

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