Administration and expenditure of the Chancellor’s Departments, 2008-09

MPs worried about performance at HMRC amidst extraordinary year for Chancellor’s departments

The Chancellor’s departments faced extraordinary challenges during 2008-09, mainly arising from the need to respond to the emerging financial crisis and associated economic downturn.

In examining the administration and expenditure of the Chancellor’s Departments in 2008–09, the Sub-Committee chose to concentrate on HM Treasury, HMRC, the Debt Management Office (DMO), National Savings and Investments (NS&I), and the Royal Mint. As part of the inquiry, the Sub-Committee took oral evidence from officials from each of these bodies.

The Sub-Committee also obtained written evidence on progress against a number of significant current issues from the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD), Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), though they are not the primary focus of the Report.

Report, oral and written evidence | Press Notice | Government Response

Oral evidence

Wednesday 21 October 2009

Witnesses: Mr Robert Stheeman, Chief Executive, Ms Jo Whelan, Deputy Chief Executive and Mr Jim Juffs, Chief Operating Officer, Debt Management Office; Ms Jane Platt, Chief Executive, Director of Savings, and Mr Steve Owen, Channel Delivery and Management Director, National Savings and Investments; Mr Andrew Stafford, Chief Executive, and Mr Adam Lawrence, Finance Director, Royal Mint     
Wednesday 28 October 2009 
Witnesses: Ms Lesley Strathie, Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive, Mr Simon Bowles, Chief Finance Officer, and Mr Richard Summersgill, Director Benefits and Credits, HM Revenue and Customs
Wednesday 11 November 2009 
Witnesses: Sir Nicholas Macpherson, Permanent Secretary, and Ms Louise Tulett, Group Director of Finance and Procurement, HM Treasury    
Tuesday 8 December 2009 
Witnesses: Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary, Sarah McCarthy-Fry MP, Exchequer Secretary, HM Treasury 


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