STATEMENT ON BOARD’S AND ACCOUNTABLE OFFICER’S RESPONSIBILITIES
In accordance with section 19(4) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000, the Scottish Ministers have directed Transport Scotland to prepare a statement of accounts for each financial year in the form and on the basis set out in the Accounts Direction. The Accounts Direction is reproduced as an appendix, Annex A to these financial statements.
The accounts are prepared on an accruals basis and must show a true and fair view of the Agency’s state of affairs at the year end and of its income and expenditure and cash flows for the financial year.
In preparing the accounts, the Agency is required to:
- observe the accounts direction issued by the Scottish Ministers, including the relevant accounting and disclosure requirements and apply suitable accounting policies on a consistent basis;
- make judgements and estimates on a reasonable basis;
- state where applicable accounting standards have been followed and disclose and explain any material departures in the financial statements; and
- prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that Transport Scotland will continue in operation.
The Principal Accountable Officer for the Scottish Administration has designated the Chief Executive of Transport Scotland as the Accountable Officer for the Agency. His relevant responsibilities as the Accountable Officer, including his responsibility for the propriety and regularity of the public finances and for the keeping of proper records, are set out in the Memorandum to Accountable Officers issued by the Scottish Government.
STATEMENT REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION TO THE AUDITORS
As Accountable Officer I have taken all the steps necessary to make myself aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that Audit Scotland have been made aware of that information in connection with their audit. Insofar as I am aware there is no relevant audit information of which Audit Scotland is unaware.
Appropriate actions are in place to address any weaknesses identified and to ensure the continuous improvement of the system.