The National Audit Office has come under a renewed barrage of criticism for
its ‘spendthrift culture’.
MPs levelled fresh claims of wastefulness at the body-responsible for keeping
an eye on spending in government departments- after more examples of the NAO’s
generous entertainment regime came to light.
Detractors seized upon meals for visiting audit delegations in particular.
NAO chiefs managed to rack up a £1,600.86 bill at a top Knightsbridge restaurant
while entertaining 10 Croatian envoys.
Another trip to Wiltons in Mayfair with a delegation from the Tunisian court
of auditors cost the taxpayer £1,203.50.
‘There seems to be a cancer within the NAO,’ Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker
told the Sunday Times. ‘There is a spendthrift culture that seems endemic.’
The NAO said that the level of spending reflected the standing of the guests.
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