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Administration and expenditure of the Chancellor's departments, 2008-09 - Treasury Contents


1  INTRODUCTION

The Sub-Committee's scrutiny programme

1. The Treasury Sub-Committee undertakes a regular programme of scrutiny of the administration and expenditure of the Chancellor's departments. In addition to annual hearings with HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Sub-Committee takes evidence each year from a rotating selection of bodies which fall under the Chancellor's remit. Table 1 summarises the hearings that the Sub-Committee has held in recent Parliamentary sessions.

Table 1: Sub-Committee scrutiny sessions, 2001-02 to 2008-09

Department or body
2001-02
Report
2002-
03
Report
2003-04
Report
2004-05
Report
2005-06
Report
2006-07
Report
2007-08 Report
2008-
09
Report
Adjudicator's Office[1]
  
Oct 03
  
  
  
Nov 07
  
  
Debt Management Office
  
Jun 03
  
  
Jan 07
  
Oct 08
Oct 09
Government Actuary's Dept
Jul 02
  
  
  
Nov 06
  
Oct 08
  
HM Revenue & Customs:
Inland Revenue
Customs & Excise
Jun 02
Jun 02
Jun 03
Jun 03
Jun 04
Jul 04
Oct 05
Nov 06
Dec 07
Oct 08
Oct 09
HM Treasury
  
Sep 03
Feb 05†
Nov 05
Oct 06
Nov 07
Oct 08
Nov 09 &
Dec 09
National Savings & Investments
Jan 03
  
  
Oct 05
Feb 07
  
  
Oct 09
Office for National Statistics
Oct 02
Oct 03
Oct 04
Nov 05
#
  
  
N/A**
Office of Government Commerce
  
Jan 04
Apr 04*
  
May 06
Oct 07
  
  
Royal Mint
Nov 02
Nov 03
  
  
Nov 06
Oct 07
  
Oct 09
Statistics Commission
Oct 02
May 03
Sep 03
Sep 04
Nov 05
#
  
  
N/A**
Valuation Office Agency
  
  
  
Oct 05†
Jan 07
  
Oct 08
  

Notes: * denotes an appointment hearing for new Chairman/Director/Chief Executive; † denotes a part of a wider meeting; # denotes scrutiny of 2005-06 annual reports not undertaken due to inquiry into Independence for statistics published July 2006. ** Since 2008, the Office for National Statistics has become the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority, falling within the remit of the Public Administration Select Committee. The Statistics Commission closed on 31 March 08.

2. Last session, the Sub-Committee continued this scrutiny cycle, looking at Departmental Annual Reports for 2008-09. The Sub-Committee always examines HM Treasury and HMRC. In addition, the Sub-Committee chose to concentrate on the Debt Management Office (DMO), National Savings and Investments (NS&I), and the Royal Mint. As part of the work leading to this Report, the Sub-Committee took oral evidence from officials from each of these bodies. The Sub-Committee also obtained written evidence on progress against a number of significant current issues from the Government Actuary's Department (GAD), Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), though they are not the primary focus of this report. Key outcomes of this correspondence are covered in section 7. For the first time, the Sub Committee also wrote to the Crown Estate Commissioners as, under the Crown Estate Act 1961, they also report to the Chancellor. Their management of the Crown Estate is now the subject of a separate Sub-Committee inquiry, and accordingly their performance is not assessed in this report. The Sub-Committee concluded its 2008-09 Departmental scrutiny by taking evidence from the Financial Secretary, the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, and the Exchequer Secretary, Sarah McCarthy-Fry MP. We are grateful to all those who assisted the Sub-Committee in the course of its inquiry.

Relevant documents

3. Scrutiny has been based largely on the published Reports and Accounts of the Treasury, HMRC and other bodies subject to examination.[2]


1   The Adjudicator's Office handles complaints about HMRC  Back

2   HM Treasury, Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09, July 2009, HC 611; HM Revenue and Customs, Departmental Report 2009, July 2009, CM 7591; HM Revenue and Customs, 2008-09 Accounts, July 2009, HC 464; Debt Management Office, Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09, July 2009, HC 853; National Savings and Investments, Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09, July 2009, HC 470; The Royal Mint, Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09,June 2009, HC 570  Back


 
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