Select Committee on Public Accounts Minutes of Proceedings Report


  Members present:

  Mr Edward Leigh, in the Chair

Mr Richard BaconMr David Rendel
Mr Brian JenkinsMr Gerry Steinberg
Mr George OsborneMr Alan Williams

Sir John Bourn KCB, Comptroller and Auditor General, was further examined.

The Committee deliberated.

Mr Brian Glicksman, Treasury Officer of Accounts, was further examined.

The Comptroller and Auditor General's Report on Modern Policy-Making: Ensuring Policies Deliver Value for Money (HC 289) was considered.

Mavis McDonald CB, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Office, was further examined; Professor Ron Amann, Director General, Centre for Management and Policy Studies; Dr David Salisbury CB, Principal Medical Officer, Communicable Disease Branch, Department of Health; and Mr Stephen Crowne, Acting Director, Standards and Effectiveness Unit, Department for Education and Skills, were examined; and Mr Tim Burr, Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General, was further examined (HC 541-i).

Mr George Osborne declared a non-pecuniary interest in having been a Special Adviser at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food at the time of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

Mr David Rendel declared a non-pecuniary interest in that his wife is a General Practitioner.

The witnesses withdrew.

The Committee further deliberated.

Resolved, That, following evidence given before the Committee on 22 October 2001 (Income Tax Self Assessment), the Chairman do write to the Chairman of the Inland Revenue for clarification of penalties pertaining to the late payment of tax.—(Mr David Rendel).

Resolved, That the provisions of paragraph 1(a) of Standing Order No. 137A (Select Committees: power to work with other committees) be applied to the transcript of evidence taken before the Committee this day, in respect of the Education and Skills Committee.—(The Chairman).

[Adjourned until Wednesday 23 January at Four o'clock.

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