Sheldon praises outgoing PAC members

Westminster’s chief financial watchdog is to lose both its chairman and clerk in the next few months. Chairman David Davis will have to stand down as he has been appointed Tory party chairman by new leader Iain Duncan Smith following his own unsuccessful challenge for the job.

And Ken Brown, clerk for more than a decade and a key figure in its effectiveness, is to retire at Christmas.

‘Ken Brown has been an excellent clerk to the PAC,’ said Sheldon.

‘He has developed vast experience and expertise and played a key role in the development of the NAO since 1983. This is particularly notable as he had little experience of the field when he took the job. His departure will leave great hole but I am sure it will be filled.’

And he also had praise for Davis.

‘David Davis picked up the task of widening the scope of the National Audit Office which had begun under John Bourn. He did a very good job.’

‘I am sure there will be a suitable candidate for PAC chairman. It is a wonderful job. The best in Opposition as you can actually influence the government and improve the administration,’ he added.


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