Select Committee on Public Accounts Minutes of Proceedings Report


  Members present:

  Mr Edward Leigh, in the Chair

Mr Richard BaconMr David Rendel
Mr Ian DavidsonMr Gerry Steinberg
Geraint DaviesJon Trickett
Mr Nick GibbMr Alan Williams
Mr Brian Jenkins

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

The Committee deliberated.

Mr Rob Molan, Second Treasury Officer of Accounts, was further examined.

The Comptroller and Auditor General's Report on The New Deal for Young People (HC 639) was considered.

Ms Rachel Lomax, Permanent Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, was further examined; Mr Leigh Lewis CB, Chief Executive, Employment Service and Jobcentre Plus, Mr Matthew Nicholas, Divisional Manager, Jobseeker Division, Employment Service, and Mr Bill Wells, Head of Economics and Labour Market Division, Department for Work and Pensions, were examined (HC 700-i).

A division of the House being called, the Chairman suspended the meeting for ten minutes.

The Committee resumed.

The witnesses were further examined.

The witnesses withdrew.

The Government's Response to Lord Sharman's Report "Holding to Account: Audit and Accountability in Central Government" (Cm 5456) was considered.

The Rt Hon. Andrew Smith, a Member of the House and Chief Secretary to HM Treasury, was examined; Mr Brian Glicksman, Treasury Officer of Accounts, and Lorraine Constable, Second Treasury Officer of Accounts, HM Treasury, were further examined (HC 701-i).

The witnesses withdrew.

The Committee further deliberated (summer programme).

Resolved, That the Committee approve the proposed programme of inquiries from 10 April to 3 July.—(The Chairman).

[Adjourned until Monday 18 March at Four o'clock.

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