The Public Accounts Committee makes sure that taxpayers' money is spent the way the Parliament intended, and that the money is managed as efficiently as possible.
Who are the members of the Public Accounts Committee?
The members of the Public Accounts Committee are appointed by the Parliament. They may be Members of Parliament and in many cases they are. There must be at least four and at most six members. The members of the Public Accounts Committee are appointed by Parliament every 4 years.
The tasks of the Public Accounts Committee
The tasks of the Public Accounts Committee include reviewing the state's accounts, checking that the accounts have been kept correctly and making sure that there is an appropriation for all of the money the state has spent. The Committee performs these tasks in close cooperation with the Auditor General’s Office, who does most of the auditing.
The Public Accounts Committee is the only authority that can call upon the Auditor General’s Office to perform certain auditing tasks. The staff at the Auditor General’s Office respond to the requests from the Public Accounts Committee in the form of reports and memorandums. The principal task of the members of the Public Accounts Committee is thus to read the reports and memorandums they receive from the Auditor General’s Office and to provide the Parliament with a review of their contents. The Public Accounts Committee issues approximately 25 reviews each year.
In addition, the Public Accounts Committee issues a report on the audit of the state's accounts each year. The report contains the statements of the Auditor General’s Office regarding the financial audit of each individual ministerial area as well as a number of interdisciplinary investigations and declarations.
The Public Accounts Committee concludes its audit of the state's accounts by publishing a report, which contains a follow-up on reports from the past year, Ministers' statements on the contents of the report, the memorandums of the Auditor General’s Office and remarks from the Public Accounts Committee. The state's accounts can then be forwarded to the Parliament for approval.
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MA Social Science
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