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Investigation into government-funded inquiries

Given the prevalence of government-funded inquiries, the frequency with which the government uses them following high-profile failures, their importance in relation to the public’s trust of authorities, and the public funds spent on them, the NAO has conducted an investigation into the 26 inquiries that have started and concluded since 2005.

Published:
23 May 2018
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Investigation into the 2017 auction for low-carbon electricity generation contracts

This report sets out the history of Contracts for Difference and how the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy designed the 2017 auction, including the changes it made to the rules related to the capacity cap, and the impact these changes had.

Published:
16 May 2018
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Investigation into oversight of the Student Loans Company’s governance, and management of its former chief executive

This investigation describes the events surrounding the appointment and dismissal of the Student Loans Company’s former chief executive officer. It sets outs the Department for Education’s role in oversight of the Company and how it responded to the concerns raised by two Company staff.

Published:
11 May 2018
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Investigation into the Department for Transport’s decision to cancel three rail electrification projects

This investigation sets out the decision-making process, leading to the July 2017 announcement of the cancellation of three rail electrification projects: the Midland Main Line north of Kettering (to Nottingham and Sheffield); the Great Western Main Line between Cardiff and Swansea; and the Lakes Line between Oxenholme and Windermere.

Published:
29 Mar 2018
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Investigation: National Lottery funding for good causes

An investigation into the fall in National Lottery income for good causes in 2016-17. It reviews the trends in total National Lottery sales and income for good causes, focusing on the six distributors with the largest share of National Lottery income and the way they have managed the balances within the National Lottery Distribution Fund.

13 December 2017

Published:
13 Dec 2017