Committee of Public Accounts
The Committee has power to require the submission
of written evidence and documents, to examine witnesses, and to
make Reports to the House. The Committee may not arrange to meet
at any time when the House is adjourned, prorogued or dissolved.
It has power to meet at any place in the United Kingdom and may
also travel abroad.
The Committee's Chairman is drawn from the major
Mr Edward Leigh, Gainsborough, Conservative
(added 19.07.2001) (elected Chairman 17.10.01)
Mr Richard Bacon, South Norfolk, Conservative
Rt Hon Paul Boateng, Brent South, Labour
Mr Ian Davidson , Glasgow Pollok, Labour
Mr Geraint Davies, Croydon Central, Labour
Mr Barry Gardiner, Brent North, Labour
Mr Nick Gibb, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton,
Conservative (added 05.11.01)
Mr Brian Jenkins, Tamworth, Labour
Mr George Osborne, Tatton, Conservative
Mr David Rendel, Newbury, Liberal Democrat
Mr Gerry Steinberg, City of Durham, Labour
Mr Jon Trickett, Hemsworth, Labour
Rt Hon Alan Williams, Swansea West, Labour
The following were also members of the Committee
during this inquiry: Rt Hon David Davis MP (Conservative, Haltemprice
and Howden), Mr Simon Burns MP (Conservative, Chelmsford
West), Mr Alan Campbell MP (Labour, Tynemouth), Mr
David Faber MP (Conservative, Westbury), Mr Nigel Griffiths
MP (Labour, Edinburgh South), Mr Andrew Love MP (Labour,
Edmonton), Mr Jim Murphy MP (Labour, Eastwood), and
Mr Stephen Timms MP (Labour, East Ham).
The Committee of Public Accounts is appointed under
Standing Order No. 148 to examine on behalf of the House of Commons
"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,
to consist of not more than sixteen Members, of whom four shall
be a quorum. The Committee shall have the power to send for persons,
papers and records, to report from time to time, and to adjourn
from place to place.".
The reports and evidence of the Committee are published
by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications
of the Committee (including press notices) are on the internet
A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is
at the back of this report.
All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk
of the Committee of Public Accounts, Committee Office, House of
Commons, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general inquiries
is: 020-7219-5708. The Committee's e-mail address is: [email protected].
In the footnotes of this Report, references to oral
evidence are indicated by ' Q' followed by the question number;
references to the written evidence are indicated by 'Evidence'
or 'Evidence, Appendix ......', followed by a page number.