Public Accounts Commission Press Notice

PN12 25 October 2007

Retirement of the Comptroller & Auditor General

Following the announcement that Sir John Bourn would retire as Comptroller & Auditor General at the end of January, Alan Williams, Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, said:

"It was Sir John who originated the idea of setting the National Audit Office a target of achieving savings equal to six times its annual budget, and he has progressively made the target more demanding (rising to 9 times its budget this year) and has met the target each year. This year these savings are expected to reach £660m. This has been a unique achievement by him and by the National Audit Office. In addition to this he has increased the number of value for money reports by the NAO from 50 to 60 a year. He and his colleagues can be very proud of this record.

"I wish him well in his new role."

Contact for the commission: The Secretary of the Commission, Mr Dorian Gerhold, may be contacted on 020 7219 6257.

Note for editors: 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 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).