PracticeAuditNAO under Treasury pressure to curb costs

NAO under Treasury pressure to curb costs

The National Audit Office is coming under sustained pressure from the Treasury to curb mounting costs in fulfilling its public spending watchdog role, according to the annual report of the House of Commons Public Accounts Commission.

Link: NAO report links money-launderers to gambling

Chief Treasury Secretary Paul Boateng wrote to Comptroller and Auditor General Sir John Bourn seeking to limit financial audit costs to 2005-06 levels for the next two years, and pressing the case in a letter to the Commission.

MPs approved the NAO’s 2006-07 budget but said they would require a more detailed justification of increases in 2007-08. They pointed out it was the NAO’s duty to ensure additional government spending produced tangible results.

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