The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons

Staddon, A. 2015. The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons. in: Hoque, Z. (ed.) Making Governments Accountable: The Role of Public Accounts Committees and National Audit Offices Oxford and New York Routledge. pp. 103-121

Chapter titleThe Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons
AuthorsStaddon, A.
EditorsHoque, Z.
Abstract

This chapter evaluates the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the House of Commons in light of recent changes to public audit and broader changes across United Kingdom governance. Structural and organisational features are analysed, as are working practices and relationships. The analyses confirm that the PAC remains a key oversight tool to Parliament and that its profile has increased under the leadership of its first directly-elected Chair. Heightened visibility contains risks for a non-partisan committee and the National Audit Office acts as a shield to deflect criticism. Traditional variables used to measure the impact of the PAC are likely to understate the committee’s actual influence.

KeywordsPublic Accounts Committee; House of Commons; National Audit Office; Auditor General; public audit.
Book titleMaking Governments Accountable: The Role of Public Accounts Committees and National Audit Offices
Page range103-121
Year2015
PublisherRoutledge
FilePAC British Isles 2014 - for publication.pdf
Publication dates
Published2015
Place of publicationOxford and New York
ISBN9781138783584

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