1. In March this year the Committee published
its report on progress with preparations for the London 2012 Olympic
and Paralympic Games.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport's Accounting Officer
was subsequently quoted in the media, challenging the Committee's
report. This was before the Committee had received the courtesy
of the formal Government response which was received at the end
of April, and is no way to conduct public business. The Accounting
Officer appeared again before the Committee to give further evidence
and in May the Chair of the Committee wrote to the Accounting
Officer seeking clarification on a number of matters. This letter
and the Accounting Officer's reply are at Appendices A and B respectively.
2. It is the job of this Committee to hold the
Government to account on behalf of Parliament for the use of public
money. But on this occasion it has been an unnecessarily frustrating
process. It has been difficult to get clear and consistent information
and assurances on some of the areas that concern us most. We feel
compelled to reiterate our concerns in the following areas.
1 Committee of Public Accounts, 74th Report of Session
2010-12, Preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic
Games, HC 1716 Back