Select Committee on Public Accounts First Report

Formal minutes


Members present:

Mr Edward Leigh, in the Chair
Mr Richard Bacon

Mr Greg Clark

Mr David Curry

Mr Ian Davidson

Mr Philip Dunne

Helen Goodman

Mr Sadiq Khan

Mr Austin Mitchell

Mr Don Touhig

Mr Alan Williams

Oral evidence

Sir John Bourn KCB, Comptroller and Auditor General, was in attendance and gave oral evidence.

Ms Paula Diggle, Treasury Officer, was in attendance.

The Comptroller and Auditor General's Report on The delays in administering the 2005 Single Payment System Scheme in England (HC 1631) was considered.

Ms Helen Ghosh, Permanent Secretary, Mr Andy Lebrecht, Director-General for Sustainable Farming, Mr Ian Grattidge, Deputy Finance Director, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Mr Tony Cooper, interim Chief Executive, Rural Payments Agency, gave oral evidence (HC 1696-i)

The National Audit Office Supplementary Estimate (Refurbishment of the NAO), was considered.

Sir John Bourn KCB, Comptroller and Auditor General, was further examined, Mr Jim Rickleton, Assistant Auditor General and Mr Phil Woodward, Director of Finance, National Audit Office, were examined (HC 1697-i).

The witnesses withdrew.

Draft Reports

A draft Report (Tsunami: Provision of support for humanitarian assistance), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 19 read and agreed to.

Conclusions and recommendations read and agreed to.

Summary read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.

[Adjourned until Wednesday 1 November at 3.30 pm.]

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