Committee of Public Accounts: Press Notices

A STATEMENT FROM EDWARD LEIGH MP

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

National Audit Office Report: Home Office Resource Accounts 2005-06

In financial management terms, the Home Office has an Everest to climb, but it has only just laced up its snow shoes.

After the Home Office’s spectacular failure to maintain proper books and records in 2004-05, the only way was up. And the department has actually managed to file a set of accounts for 2005-06. However, I’m still seriously concerned at the flimsy grip this department has on its own finances. This year, there are question marks over the amounts the Home Office owes to its suppliers.

Checks on payroll and staff records are not in place and, therefore, the department doesn’t even know the exact numbers it employs.  And it goes on: the department failed to manage its cash properly, which resulted in its being overdrawn by quarter of a billion pounds.

It just isn’t good enough that such a vital arm of government can’t get its own books in order.

Notes for Editors

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