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This briefing paper for the Select Committee provides an overview of the work of the National Audit Office relevant to the performance of the Department for Transport in the financial year 2007-08 and subsequent months. It takes as its basis the targets and objectives of the Department and the work of the National Audit Office (NAO) in reviewing areas relevant to those targets and objectives.

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This guide is designed to provide a quick and accessible overview of the Department and focus in particular on where we believe the Department’s performance could be improved, using examples from our published work.

The paper comprises three parts:

  • Part One considers the Department’s operating environment;
  • Part Two examines the Department’s capacity to deliver its goals; and
  • Part Three examines the Department’s performance against its strategic objectives as evident from National Audit Office value for money studies.