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Audit And Accountability: Sharman Review

Volume 622: debated on Tuesday 13 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they have now received Lord Sharman's review of audit and accountability in the 21st century. [HL713]

My right honourable friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has today received Lord Sharman's review. Copies are available in the Printed Paper Office and the Library of the House.The Government are most grateful to Lord Sharman for reviewing this important and complex area, and for conducting his review so speedily.The twin principles of accountability of the Executive to Parliament and independent scrutiny by the Comptroller and Auditor General are enormously important to good government. Present arrangements have evolved gradually over the past century and it is valuable to have the benefit of Lord Sharman's views on how these arrangements should now be developed to best fit the 21st century.The Government will consider Lord Sharman's recommendations very carefully with a view to improving the present system of accountability, and will issue a formal response in due course.