Leaving the EU

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Accounts Commission – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th January 2018.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering 12:00 am, 25th January 2018

To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, what recent assessment the National Audit Office has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on its work programme.

Photo of Richard Bacon Richard Bacon Conservative, South Norfolk

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission. The NAO work programme, determined by the Comptroller and Auditor General, is regularly revised to ensure it reflects current issues. Brexit is a major task for Departments, and some Departments are more affected than others. The NAO is keeping in close touch with Departments as they take forward the implementation task.

Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

After we leave the EU, we are likely to be still engaged in a number of EU-wide programmes. Will the Public Accounts Commission satisfy itself that the NAO has the requisite powers to continue to investigate Government involvement in those schemes?

Photo of Richard Bacon Richard Bacon Conservative, South Norfolk

The NAO has a remit to look at all UK public, taxpayers’ money and it has confirmed that it will scrutinise any financial settlement with the EU. The Comptroller and Auditor General has said his first report is due in the spring.