Section 71. Approval of proposed expenditure by a Minister
(1) A Minister must not approve a proposed expenditure of relevant money unless the Minister is satisfied, after making reasonable inquiries, that the expenditure would be a proper use of relevant money.
(2) If a Minister approves a proposed expenditure of relevant money, the Minister must:
(a) record the terms of the approval in writing as soon as practicable after giving the approval; and
(b) comply with any other requirements prescribed by the rules in relation to approvals of proposed expenditure.
(3) For a Parliamentary Department, the references in subsection (1) or (2) to a Minister are references to:
(a) a Presiding Officer, for expenditure for which he or she alone is responsible; and
(b) the Presiding Officers jointly, for expenditure for which they are jointly responsible.