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MPs publish strategy to improve scrutiny of Department for Transport

11 January 2011

The Commons Transport Committee has today published a report detailing a new approach to scrutinising the financial performance of the Department for Transport during the life of this parliament.

This strategy rests on innovations agreed with the Department designed to make it easier for the Committee to compare information in the departmental annual review with that provided in the estimate of expenditure.

Launching the report Commitee Chair Louise Ellman said,

" These changes are to be welcomed as they will make it easier for this Committee to hold the Government to account about the delivery of its transport policy pledges including those made in the recent comprehensive spending review.  

 

However, it is essential that in moving to a simplified structure for the annual estimate of expenditure, important detail about departmental spending is not hidden from public view. We will be carefully monitoring the new arrangements to ensure that this is not the case" 

Further information

The report includes oral and written evidence from the oral evidence session on Transport and the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

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