The Security and Intelligence Services financial statement for 2000-01, whichgives a bald outline of their total spending, stated the weaknesses were ‘in areas of procurement and contract and asset management’ and that they were ‘being addressed in 2001-02’.
Comptroller and Auditor General Sir John Bourn, saw greater details. He qualified his opinion of secret resource accounts for Governmentcommunications HQ, ‘because I was unable to obtain all the information andexplanations that I considered necessary regarding the valuation of fixedassets and related figures in the accounts’.
He gave details in a report which he showed to Public Accounts CommitteeChairman Edward Leigh, but which will never be seen by anyone else under secrecy conventions.
Spending by modern-day 007’s and their like, shot up by 20% from £761 million in 1999-2000 to £827 million in 2000-01.
UK senior partner Phil Verity has been elected for a second term at Mazars
An audit partner has been appointed at Grant Thornton in its North West offices
KPMG has been appointed with “immediate” effect as the auditor of Dorcaster
The audit for Ibstock will be taken over by Deloitte following a competitive tender process