The Public Accounts Commission Press Notice


24th July 2008

Corporate governance of the National Audit Office: draft clauses

The Public Accounts Commission is today publishing draft clauses which would implement the Commission's proposals for strengthening the corporate governance of the National Audit Office.

The draft clauses have been prepared by the National Audit Office. They are published as an Appendix to the Commission's 16th report (HC 1027), together with a note by the NAO and explanatory notes on the draft clauses.


The Commission set up a review of the NAO's corporate governance following the controversy over the then C&AG's expenses. The review was carried out by John Tiner, former Chief Executive of the Financial Services Authority, and was published as the Commission's 14th report (HC 328, 2007-08). The terms of reference centred on the role of the C&AG and his relationship with the NAO. The C&AG currently has, by statute, "complete discretion in the discharge of his functions". The Commission published its response to John Tiner's review as its 15th report (HC 402, 2007-08).

The Government has agreed to implement through the planned Constitutional Renewal Bill any proposals arising from the review with which it agrees.

The Commission is appointed under the National Audit Act 1983 to oversee, and, if satisfied, lay before the House of Commons, the annual Estimates for the National Audit Office. It also examines once a year the NAO's Corporate Plan, which covers a three year period.

The Commission's members are:- Rt Hon Alan Williams (Chairman) (Labour, Swansea West), Mr Richard Bacon (Conservative, South Norfolk), Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC (Labour, Camberwell and Peckham), Mr Edward Leigh (Conservative, Gainsborough), Dr William McCrea (DUP, South Antrim), Mr John McFall (Labour, West Dunbartonshire), Mr Austin Mitchell (Labour, Great Grimsby), Dr Nick Palmer (Labour, Broxtowe) and Mr Andrew Tyrie (Conservative, Chichester).

CONTACT FOR THE COMMISSION: The Secretary of the Commission, Mr Dorian Gerhold, may be contacted on: 020 7219 6257.