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).
Mr Edward Leigh MP (Conservative, Gainsborough)
Mr Richard Bacon MP (Conservative, South Norfolk)
Rt Hon Paul Boateng MP (Labour, Brent South)
Mr Ian Davidson MP (Labour, Glasgow Pollok)
Mr Geraint Davies MP (Labour, Croydon Central)
Mr Barry Gardiner MP (Labour, Brent North)
Mr Nick Gibb MP (Conservative, Bognor Regis and
Mr Brian Jenkins MP (Labour, Tamworth)
Mr George Osborne MP (Conservative, Tatton)
Mr David Rendel MP (Liberal Democrat, Newbury)
Mr Gerry Steinberg MP (Labour, City of Durham)
Mr Jon Trickett MP (Labour, Hemsworth)
Rt Hon Alan Williams MP (Labour, Swansea
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).
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 www.parliament.uk.
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, 7 Millbank,
London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general inquiries is:
0207-219-5708. 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 the page number
or by 'Ev, Appendix...', followed by a page number.