National Audit Office

Public Accounts Commission written question – answered at on 3 September 2012.

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Photo of Frank Dobson Frank Dobson Labour, Holborn and St Pancras

To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission whether the National Audit Office warns Government Departments of management consultants with a poor track record of advice.

Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Chair, Public Accounts Commission, Chair, Public Accounts Commission

The National Audit Office (NAO) does not warn Departments about the poor track record of specific management consultants. However, the NAO's 2010 report found that Departments were not using information on the past performance of consultants to inform buying decisions. The NAO recommended that the Cabinet Office analyse and share Departments' management information to inform purchasing decisions by identifying top suppliers by service provided, the value delivered from past spending with consultants and, where possible, reusing existing work.

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