Should there be a Commons Budget Committee? Contents



1 Introduction

This inquiry

2 Existing scrutiny in the House

Scrutiny of Estimates, and of supply legislation

Scrutiny of Government Spending Reviews

Ongoing committee work in relation to Government expenditure

Annual Reports and Accounts

The Public Accounts Committee

The Treasury Committee

Our view

3 Ex ante scrutiny in other Parliaments

Budget scrutiny in similar legislatures within the OECD

Budget scrutiny in devolved institutions: Scotland

Budget scrutiny in other OECD Parliaments

Provision of financial information for the purposes of scrutiny

International best practice and the UK

4 What a House of Commons budget committee could do

The remit of a budget committee

The Government’s view of proposals for a budget committee

Potential tasks for a budget committee

Our view

5 Support for a new committee

Existing financial scrutiny bodies

National Audit Office

The case for a Parliamentary Budget Office

Our proposed solution: enhancement to the House of Commons Scrutiny Unit

6 Conclusion

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 9 July 2019