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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

Meg Hillier (Labour (Co-op), Hackney South and Shoreditch) (Chair)

Mr Richard Bacon (Conservative, South Norfolk)

Philip Boswell (Scottish National Party, Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill)

Charlie Elphicke (Conservative, Dover)

Chris Evans (Labour (Co-op), Islwyn)

Caroline Flint (Labour, Don Valley)

Kevin Foster (Conservative, Torbay)

Simon Kirby (Conservative, Brighton, Kemptown)

Kwasi Kwarteng (Conservative, Spelthorne)

Nigel Mills (Conservative, Amber Valley)

Bridget Phillipson (Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South)

John Pugh (Liberal Democrat, Southport)

Karin Smyth (Labour, Bristol South)

Mrs Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Conservative, Berwick-upon-Tweed)


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


Committee reports are published on the Committee’s website and in print by Order of the House.

Evidence relating to this report is published on the inquiry publications page of the Committee’s website.

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee are Dr Stephen McGinness (Clerk), Dr Mark Ewbank (Second Clerk), George James (Senior Committee Assistant), Sue Alexander and Ruby Radley (Committee Assistants), and Tim Bowden (Media Officer).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Committee of Public Accounts, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 4099; the Committee’s email address is

21 November 2016