Support for Parliament We place our skills at the service of Parliament as a whole, supporting in particular the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC), other select committees from both Houses and individual MPs in their scrutiny of public spending and service delivery. The Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG) and his staff are fully independent of government. […]
February 11, 2018
Support for Parliament
We place our skills at the service of Parliament as a whole, supporting in particular the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC), other select committees from both Houses and individual MPs in their scrutiny of public spending and service delivery. The Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG) and his staff are fully independent of government. The NAO does not assess the merits of government policies but assess the value for money with which bodies implement those policies.
The Committee of Public Accounts takes evidence from senior officials of the organisations under scrutiny on the basis of our reports which are laid in Parliament. PAC’s evidence sessions draw on the full range of our work including value for money studies, investigations and reports on financial statements. PAC usually publishes its own report with recommendations, to which the Government must respond.
We also support other select committees’ annual reviews of government departments and provide information and analysis to support inquiries on specific issues where we have expertise.
Key reports and briefings can be found on our Resources for Parliament page.
Resources for Parliament
The National Audit Office (NAO) works on behalf of Parliament and taxpayers to hold government to account for the use of public money and to help public services improve performance. In 2019–20 we published 42 value for money reports, certified 404 sets of accounts, completed 14 investigations and responded to 1,312 pieces of correspondence from MPs and the public. We supported 34 Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) evidence sessions, and provided other Select Committees with a wide range of briefings and other support.
Resources for MPs
Departmental Overviews are a summary of how government departments spent their money in the past year, their major areas of activity and performance, and the challenges they are likely to face in the coming year. They are based on the insights from our financial audit and value for money work.
Short Guides are an introduction to the work of government departments and key cross-government issues such as regulation, environmental sustainability and the government’s commercial relationships.
Outputs for Select Committees: The NAO produces briefings and memorandums to support committees in their scrutiny work.
How the NAO supports MPs in their work
MPs and their staff can use the NAO to support their work by:
- Requesting a personal briefing on areas of the NAO’s work that are of interest to your MP or their constituents
- Raising concerns about instances where value for money may be at risk, or general queries about public spending
- Signing up to receive embargoed copies of NAO reports on subjects of interest to your MP or their constituents
- Requesting advice on scrutinising departments’ annual report and accounts
Keep up to date
Sign-up to NAOdirect to receive automatic notifications of reports on topics of interest
Publications – search for reports and press notices by sector, topic or date
Work in progress – summaries of our upcoming work
For enquiries please contact Adrian Jenner, Director of Parliamentary Relations at:
Dedicated Parliamentary phone line 020 7798 7665