Accounting for democracy

Today, the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC), which I Chair, published its report on Government accounts.  The report concerns the published Departmental Annual Reports and Accounts (designed for Parliament and the public) and the Management Accounts (designed for the use of Ministers and officials in managing their Departments).  It finds that in most cases, Annual Reports and Accounts appear to be currently failing in their purpose of explaining to the public and Parliament the effectiveness of Government spending.

For more information, PACAC's press release and the report can be found here.