The Public Accounts Commission - 10 October 07 Minutes

Members of the Commission present:

Mr Alan Williams in the Chair
Mr Richard Bacon
Dr Nick Palmer
Mr Austin Mitchell
Mr Andrew Tyrie

Apologies for absence: Mr Edward Leigh, Dr William McCrea.

1. Review of the NAO's corporate governance

The Commission agreed the following terms of reference for the review:

"To identify the extent to which the NAO's corporate governance arrangements are consistent with best practice elsewhere (including the arrangements set out in the Combined Code on Corporate Governance and the Treasury's Corporate Governance in Central Government Departments: Code of Practice) and to propose any necessary improvements, taking account of the need to protect the Comptroller & Auditor General's statutory discretion in carrying out his duties.

"The review should focus on the role of the C & AG and his relationship with the NAO, and should cover the role of the NAO's Senior Management Board, whether a separate advisory board would be beneficial, the number of non-executives and the method of their appointment, the method of appointment and reporting arrangements of the Audit Committee, the method of appointment of senior NAO officials, arrangements for determining remuneration, and internal controls, together with any other matters the reviewer or the Commission consider appropriate.

"The review is to be completed by the end of 2007."

The Commission made arrangements for commissioning the review.

2. Travel, subsistence and hospitality

The Commission considered the further details on the Comptroller & Auditor General's travel, subsistence and hospitality to be made public by the C & AG, taking account of the arrangements made at its meeting on 11 July for overseeing such activities and expenditure. It noted that the NAO would in future maintain a register of the C & AG's travel, subsistence and hospitality on its website.

DORIAN GERHOLD
(Secretary to the Public Accounts Commission)