Select Committee on Public Accounts Twelfth Report

Committee of Public Accounts

The Committee has power to require the submission of written evidence and documents, to examine witnesses, and to make Reports to the House. The Committee may not arrange to meet at any time when the House is adjourned, prorogued or dissolved. It has power to meet at any place in the United Kingdom and may also travel abroad.

Current Membership

The Committee's Chairman is drawn from the major opposition party.

Mr Edward Leigh, Gainsborough, Conservative (added 19.07.2001) (elected Chairman 17.10.01)

Mr Richard Bacon, South Norfolk, Conservative

Rt Hon Paul Boateng, Brent South, Labour

Mr Ian Davidson , Glasgow Pollok, Labour

Mr Geraint Davies, Croydon Central, Labour

Mr Barry Gardiner, Brent North, Labour

Mr Nick Gibb, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Conservative (added 05.11.01)

Mr Brian Jenkins, Tamworth, Labour

Mr George Osborne, Tatton, Conservative

Mr David Rendel, Newbury, Liberal Democrat

Mr Gerry Steinberg, City of Durham, Labour

Mr Jon Trickett, Hemsworth, Labour

Rt Hon Alan Williams, Swansea West, Labour

The following were also members of the Committee during this inquiry: Rt Hon David Davis MP (Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden), Mr Simon Burns MP (Conservative, Chelmsford West), Mr Alan Campbell MP (Labour, Tynemouth), Mr David Faber MP (Conservative, Westbury), Mr Nigel Griffiths MP (Labour, Edinburgh South), Mr Andrew Love MP (Labour, Edmonton), Mr Jim Murphy MP (Labour, Eastwood), and Mr Stephen Timms MP (Labour, East Ham).


The Committee of Public Accounts is appointed under Standing Order No. 148 to examine on behalf of the House of Commons "the accounts showing the appropriation of the sums granted by Parliament to meet the public expenditure, and of such other accounts laid before Parliament as the committee may think fit, to consist of not more than sixteen Members, of whom four shall be a quorum. The Committee shall have the power to send for persons, papers and records, to report from time to time, and to adjourn from place to place.".


The reports and evidence of the Committee are published by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications of the Committee (including press notices) are on the internet at A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is at the back of this report.


All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk of the Committee of Public Accounts, Committee Office, House of Commons, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general inquiries is: 020-7219-5708. The Committee's e-mail address is:


In the footnotes of this Report, references to oral evidence are indicated by ' Q' followed by the question number; references to the written evidence are indicated by 'Evidence' or 'Evidence, Appendix ......', followed by a page number.

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