This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission and 1 will ask the Chief Executive of the Audit Commission to write to the hon. Member directly.
Letter from Steve Bundred, dated 4 October 2007:
I am writing in response to your parliamentary question asking what the (a) cost and (b) purpose was of the Audit Commission attending the Teammate International Forum in Tampa, Florida.
The Audit Commission sent two delegates to the TeamMate International Forum at a total cost of £1,912.
TeamMate is the Commission’s electronic working paper software and is fundamental to our core business. It is a proprietary product marketed around the globe by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The Commission is the single largest user of this application worldwide. Every two years PwC organises an international users’ conference.
The principal purpose of our attendance at the conference was to maintain up-to-date knowledge of how the product is being used elsewhere and planned future developments of the software. The secondary purpose was to network with other users to learn from them and ensure we keep our audit tools as efficient as possible. Attendance at the event also gives us an opportunity to influence the future development of the product to meet our developing business needs.
A copy of this letter will be placed in the House of Commons Library.