House of Lords written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach Shadow Minister, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 15 July (WA 137-8), how the costs used in the calculation of fees charged by departments and agencies are monitored to ensure that (a) the work is done efficiently; and (b) the moneys spent on and by those doing the work are reasonable.

Photo of Lord Davies of Oldham Lord Davies of Oldham Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

It is the responsibility of the accounting officer in each public sector organisation to manage that organisation and satisfy himself or herself that fees for services are reasonable. Guidance in Managing Public Money shows how public sector organisations can gain assurance of this kind.

This publication has been lodged in the Library of the House. The information is also available on HM Treasury's website at http://managingpublicmoney. treasury.gov.uk.

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