Preparation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - Public Accounts Committee Contents

1  Background

1.  In March this year the Committee published its report on progress with preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.[1] 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

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