Office for Budget Responsibility

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Interim Chairman of the Committee of the Office for Budget Responsibility to make it clear that it is a matter for the Interim Committee and the Committee to decide whether minutes of meetings should be published.

Photo of Lord Sassoon Lord Sassoon The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

Paragraph 11 of Schedule 1 to the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill makes clear that the Office for Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) may determine its own procedure and the procedure of committees and sub-committees. This includes any procedure for publication of minutes.

The Government hold discussions with the chair from time to time on a number of issues related to the responsibilities of the OBR.

The OBR has stated that it will be publishing a list of contacts between the OBR and Ministers, special advisers and their private offices shortly after each autumn and Budget forecast, beginning with the forthcoming forecast on 29 November.

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