The National Audit Office (NAO) works on behalf of Parliament and the taxpayer to hold government to account for the use of public money and to help public services improve performance. The relationship with Parliament is central to the roles of the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) and NAO.

We look to place our skills at the service of Parliament as a whole, supporting the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), other select committees from both Houses and individual Members in their scrutiny of public expenditure and service delivery.

Our work

The C&AG is a statutory Officer of the House of Commons and the results of our work are presented to Parliament by Order of the House of Commons.

Our reports

We published over 60 major reports to Parliament and audited some 430 accounts to Parliament in 2013/14. We also provided 20 Select Committees with a wide range of support in addition to our core work for PAC. Our latest Select Committee reports include:

  • A Short Guide to the BBC
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • A Short Guide to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • A Short Guide to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • A Short Guide to Local Authorities
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • A Short Guide to the Department for Communities and Local Government
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • A Short Guide to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • A Short Guide to the Cabinet Office
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • A Short Guide to the Department for International Development
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • A Short guide to Regulation
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • A Short Guide to the Ministry of Defence
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • A Short Guide to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • Short guide for Environmental protection and sustainability
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • A Short Guide to the Department of Health and NHS England
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • A Short Guide to the Government Office for Science
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • A Short Guide to the Department for Education
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • A Short Guide to the Department for Work and Pensions
    The NAO is publishing a suite of short guides for the new Parliament, one for each government department and a selection of cross-government issues, to assist House of Commons select committees and members of Parliament.

  • Memorandum: Service Family Accommodation update
    This memorandum has been prepared to support the Committee of Public Accounts’ consideration of the Ministry of Defence’s provision of accommodation to its service personnel.

  • Briefing for the Women and Equalities Committee: The Equality and Human Rights Commission
    This briefing looks at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (the Commission). It provides information on the Commission’s governance framework, strategy, financial position, performance, and issues and challenges it faces. The briefing has been prepared in response to a request from the Women and Equalities Committee.

  • Memorandum for Environmental Audit Committee: Waste and Recycling review
    This memorandum has been prepared to support the Environmental Audit Committee to consider the decision taken by Defra in 2010, to withdraw the provisional allocation of PFI credits from seven (out of 18) PFI projects.

  • Sustainability in the spending review
    This briefing responds to a request from the Environmental Audit Committee that we review how the 2015 spending review took account of environmental issues.

  • Memorandum: The Future of Jobcentre Plus Inquiry
    This memorandum has been prepared to inform the Work and Pensions Committee’s inquiry into the future of Jobcentre Plus (JCP). As part of its inquiry, the Committee is considering the likely effects of planned welfare policy changes on JCP footfall and the configuration of JCP offices. This memorandum describes the current JCP estate and summarises some of the trends in unemployment benefit caseloads in recent years.

  • Service Family Accommodation
    This memorandum has been prepared to support the Committee of Public Accounts’ consideration of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) provision of accommodation to its service personnel.

  • Departmental sustainability overview: Department for Transport
    This briefing responds to a request from the Environmental Audit Committee to review sustainability within the Department for Transport.

  • Memorandum: Extending the Right to Buy
    This memorandum has been prepared to support the Committee of Public Accounts to consider the approach taken by DCLG in assessing the impacts and value for money arising from aspects of its Housing and Planning Bill.

  • Trends in total UK Official Development Assistance and the Department for International Development’s expenditure
    The NAO’s memorandum, for the International Development Committee, provides an overview of trends in UK spending on aid.

View our full list of Select Committee reports.

We produce performance briefings to assist Select Committees’ annual oversight of departments’ performance, the latest of which include:

View our full list of departmental overviews.

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MPs and researchers who wish to be added to our press notice list should email our press office at pressoffice@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Enquiries from MPs

We also deal with a complex and wide range of enquiries from Members of Parliament which on occasion may lead to a full value for money report.