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National Audit Office

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Public Accounts Commission – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 3rd July 2006.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour, North West Leicestershire 2:30 pm, 3rd July 2006

Does the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission agree that, if the NAO is to maintain and preserve its reputation for professionalism and independence, it would do well to resist the well-known pressure from Government for it to soft pedal its criticism of private finance initiative projects? He speaks of the savings that the NAO has achieved. If he were to press the Government to abandon PFI, which is prohibitive in cost, flawed in concept and intolerable in consequences for taxpayers, citizens and public sector workers, the savings would be vastly greater than the sum that he quoted.