Select Committee on Public Accounts Sixteenth Report

The Committee of Public Accounts

The Committee of Public Accounts is appointed by the House of Commons to examine "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" (Standing Order No 148).

Current membership

Mr Edward Leigh MP (Conservative, Gainsborough) (Chairman)

Mr Richard Bacon MP (Conservative, South Norfolk)

Angela Browning MP (Conservative, Tiverton and Honiton)

Mr Paul Burstow MP (Liberal Democrat, Sutton and Cheam)

Rt Hon David Curry MP (Conservative, Skipton and Ripon)

Mr Ian Davidson MP (Labour, Glasgow South West)

Mr Philip Dunne MP (Conservative, Ludlow)

Angela Eagle MP (Labour, Wallasey)

Nigel Griffiths MP (Labour, Edinburgh South)

Rt Hon Keith Hill MP (Labour, Streatham)

Mr Austin Mitchell MP (Labour, Great Grimsby)

Dr John Pugh MP (Liberal Democrat, Southport)

Geraldine Smith MP (Labour, Morecombe and Lunesdale)

Rt Hon Don Touhig MP (Labour, Islwyn)

Rt Hon Alan Williams MP (Labour, Swansea West)

Phil Wilson MP (Labour, Sedgefield)

The following were also Members of the Committee during the period of the enquiry:

Annette Brooke MP (Liberal Democrat, Mid Dorset and Poole North) and
Mr John Healey MP (Labour, Wentworth).


Powers of the Committee of Public Accounts are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders, principally in SO No 148. These are available on the Internet via


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 Session is at the back of this volume.

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee is Mark Etherton (Clerk), Emma Sawyer (Committee Assistant), Pam Morris (Committee Assistant) and Alex Paterson (Media Officer).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk, Committee of Public Accounts, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 5708; the Committee's email address is [email protected]

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