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Departmental Chief Accounting Officer

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) name, (b) professional and academic qualifications and (c) relevant experience are of the chief accounting officer of his Department. (76790)

Suma Chakrabarti is the Permanent Secretary of the Department of International Development. His qualifications are as follows: New College, Oxford (BA PPE); and Sussex University (MA Econ).

His relevant experience to the work of the Department is as follows:

ODI fellow and economist, Government of Botswana, 1981-84;

Senior economic assistant and economic adviser, overseas development administration (ODA), 1984-88;

Assistant to UK executive director, IMF and World Bank, Washington 1988-1990;

Private Secretary to right hon. Lynda Chalker, ODA, 1990-92;

Assistant secretary, Aid Policy and Resources Department, ODA, 1992-96;

Environment, Transport and Regions Team, Spending Directorate, HM Treasury, 1996-98;

Director, Budget and Public Finances, HM Treasury, 1998;

Director of Performance and Innovation Unit, Cabinet Office, 1998-2000;

Head of Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat, Cabinet Office, 2000-01; and

Director General for Regional Programmes, DFID, 2001-02.

The accounting officer is a role that the Permanent Secretary combines with his personal responsibility for the overall organisation, management and staffing of the department and for department-wide procedures in financial and other matters. The accounting officer is assisted in the discharge of these duties by suitably qualified and experienced senior managers such as the finance director.