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The Scottish Consolidated Fund Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017

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Statement of Principal Accountable Officer's Responsibility

Section 19 (2) of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (the Act) requires the Scottish Ministers to prepare and lay before Parliament an account showing the receipts into and payments out of the Fund. The accounts are prepared on a cash basis and, under the terms of the Accounts Direction issued by the Scottish Ministers, must properly present the Fund's transactions for the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.

I am responsible under section 14(3)(b) of the Act for signing any account prepared by the Scottish Ministers in pursuance of section 19(2) of the Act. I am also responsible for ensuring the propriety and regularity of related transactions.