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Departmental Chief Accounting Officer

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the (a) name, (b) professional and academic qualifications and (c) relevant experience are of the Chief Accounting Officer of her Department. (76821)

Alex Allan is the Principal Accounting Officer at the Department for Constitutional Affairs. He holds an MA in Mathematics (Cantab), and an MSc in Statistics (Lond). Among his extensive experience in Whitehall Departments, 14 years of his career were spent at Her Majesty's Treasury.

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 including the Director General of Finance.