Public spending agreements face scrutiny
Gordon Brown's public spending agreements with government departments will come under scrutiny in a new spending inquiry by parliament, according to reports.
The inquiry will be undertaken by the public administration committee of MPs lead by chairman Tony Wright who will head up the Labour-dominated team.
‘We are trying to find out in a systematic way what is going on,’ Wright told the FT.
PSAs set out what spending ministries should achieve in return for the money allocated to them.
They have been criticised for being hard to understand and for not being subject to independent objective analysis.
The inquiry will also look at how the government uses targets and league tables to assess performance in the public sector.