Administration and expenditure of the Chancellor's Departments, 2006-07

In examining the administration and expenditure of the Chancellor’s Departments in 2006–07, the Sub-Committee chose to concentrate on HM Treasury, HMRC, the OGC, the Royal Mint, and the Office of the Adjudicator. The Committee reported in February 2008.

The Report reviews the Value for Money Delivery Agreements, which were intended to give further detail about individual departmental efficiency programmes, over the Treasury Group as a whole. In view of the extent to which these agreements were portrayed by the Government as a new departure in efficiency reporting, the Committee finds the Treasury Group’s Delivery Agreement disappointing in its failure to fully address the key issues of disclosure, measuring quality of service and the need for external challenge. The Report also notes the worrying conclusions of the recent Capability Reviews of HMRC and HM Treasury.

Oral evidence

The following oral evidence sessions were held as part of this inquiry:

Wednesday 10 October 2007

Witnesses: Mr David Barrass, Deputy Master and Chief Executive (until 15 October), and Mr Andrew Stafford, Deputy Master and Chief Executive (from 15 October), Royal Mint, Mr Nigel Smith, Chief Executive, Mr William Jordan, Deputy Chief Executive, and Ms Alison Littley, Chief Executive of, Office of Government Commerce  

Wednesday 14 November 2007

Witnesses: Mr Nicholas Macpherson, Permanent Secretary, and Ms Louise Tulett, Director of Finance, Procurement and Operations, HM Treasury  

Wednesday 5 December 2007

Dame Barbara Mills DBE QC, Adjudicator, and Ms Simon Oakes, Head of the Adjudicator's Office; Mr Dave Hartnett CB, Acting Executive Chairman, Mr Mike Eland CB, Director-General, law Enforcement and Compliance, and Ms Sarah Walker, Director, Benefits and Credits, HM Revenue and Customs  

Wednesday 9 January 2008

Witnesses: Rt Hon Jane Kennedy MP, Financial Secretary, and Angela Eagle MP, Exchequer Secretary, HM Treasury



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