House of Lords

Public Accounts Commission written question – answered at on 24 January 2013.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission what assessment he has made of the adequacy of scrutiny of the House of Lords under the current strategy of the National Audit Office.

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

The NAO's strategy is to provide assurance to both Houses of Parliament that public funds are properly spent. The Comptroller and Auditor General audits the Resource Accounts of the House of Lords which is equivalent to his audit of any Government Department. The resource accounts include both the costs of running the House of Lords administration and the expenses and allowances payable to Members of the House of Lords. The Comptroller and Auditor General reports the results of his audit to both Houses of Parliament. I therefore consider that the Comptroller and Auditor General's audit of the House of Lords provides adequate financial scrutiny over the House of Lords.

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