Brexit & EconomyPoliticsNAO chief to face MPs vote

NAO chief to face MPs vote

Next head of the body will face US-style 'pre-appointment hearing'.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has confirmed the next permanent head of the
National Audit Office will be subject to pre-appointment scrutiny in the House
of Commons.

He made the announcement as he formally proposed a commons motion requesting
the Queen to appoint deputy NAO chief Tim Burr to replace comptroller and
auditor general Sir John Bourn on his retirement at the end of this month after
20 years in office.

The motion was passed without opposition. It is the only key public
appointment which MPs can currently actually veto, but relevant committees will
in future hold pre-appointment hearings on such posts as the chair of the Audit
Commission and head of the FSA – though there is a question mark as to whether
the process will cover the next Governor of the Bank of England.

Brown thanked Sir John for his ‘courteous’ dealings with MPs and his work
scrutinizing government spending and supporting the commons Public Accounts
Committee which is the body most likely to ‘interview’ Burr’s successor.

He said Burr is ’eminently qualified’. Sir John’s departure follows
controversy over expenditure of over £300,000 on travel. He was formally cleared
of impropriety by the Public Accounts Commission.

Public Accounts Commission chairman Alan Williams said he had just received a
report on the governance of the NAO which would be considered by the commission
next month.

He and Public Accounts Committee chairman Edward Leigh urged future C&
AGs should serve a fixed term.

Tory spokesman David Gauke was concerned Sir John had been ‘hounded’ out of
office.

Related Articles

Financial Secretary to the Treasury on cryptocurrency, Brexit and taxing the digital economy

Brexit Financial Secretary to the Treasury on cryptocurrency, Brexit and taxing the digital economy

4w Alia Shoaib, Reporter
HMRC’s refusal to raid top Tory donor Lycamobile to be investigated by MPs

Big Four HMRC’s refusal to raid top Tory donor Lycamobile to be investigated by MPs

4w Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Spring Statement 2018: Spring has sprung as chancellor finds his inner Tigger

Budget Spring Statement 2018: Spring has sprung as chancellor finds his inner Tigger

2m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Spring Statement live feed

Budget Spring Statement live feed

2m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Spring Statement 2018: 5 things to look out for

Brexit & Economy Spring Statement 2018: 5 things to look out for

2m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Financial Secretary to the Treasury on Brexit, Spring Statement, Making Tax Digital and Carillion

Politics Financial Secretary to the Treasury on Brexit, Spring Statement, Making Tax Digital and Carillion

4m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Brexit & Economy David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

4m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Brexit & Economy Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer

4m Alia Shoaib, Reporter