An influential committee of MPs has recommended that a public spending
watchdog similar to the National Audit
Office monitor the civil service.
The recommendation was made by the
Administration Select Committee, which criticised government efforts to
improve civil service performance.
In a report, MPs said Whitehall job cuts were a ‘poor tool’ for saving money,
and that setting targets for numbers of posts to go was ‘crude and
Tony Wright, the committee’s chairman, said: ‘Standards of government will be
increased both by external audit and by greater parliamentary accountability.’