Every government Department has been publishing an annual report in May or July. Scrutinising these reports has been one of the core tasks of departmental select committees, who are assisted in that task by the Scrutiny Unit.
In 2005, for the first time, the Scrutiny Unit drew on its analysis of 21 such reports to identify good and bad practice in the way Departments organise and present the information. The review also identifies areas where more financial data would be helpful, examines the adequacy of Departments' reporting against targets, including efficiency targets, and makes suggestions for improving the reports.
Review of Departmental Reports 2009 ( PDF 93 KB)