Orders of the Day — Public Accounts

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:16 pm on 1st May 1980.

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Photo of Mr Peter Hordern Mr Peter Hordern , Horsham and Crawley 6:16 pm, 1st May 1980

The hon. Member for Flint, East (Mr. Jones) referred to the work of the new Select Committees and contrasted them with the work of the Public Accounts Committee. The new Select Committees have a good deal of glamour attached to them and much interest, but for my part I think that the PAC will be around long after the new Select Committees have been left foundering in its wake.

Select Committees that do not have the staffing which is available to the PAC will find themselves altogether too easily upset by a flood of documents and contrasting opinions. The Select Committee that is examining the Government's economic policy has attached to it no fewer than three economists, all of whom have contrasting opinions.