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Chamber and committees

Public Audit Committee

The Public Audit Committee was established in June 2021. It mainly focuses on reports published by the Auditor General for Scotland to ensure that public money is spent efficiently and effectively by

  • the Scottish Government, and
  • other public bodies (including colleges, police and fire services and the NHS).

Next meeting

Meeting details are not yet available. They will be published here in due course.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Lynn Russell, the Clerk for the committee.

Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5984 Find out about call charges.

Twitter: @SP_PublicAudit

If you're appearing as a witness at a committee, take a look at our witness guide for more information.

Members

Members of the Public Audit Committee

Current Members

Richard Leonard

Convener

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Central Scotland (Region)

Jamie Greene

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

Colin Beattie

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Midlothian North and Musselburgh (Constituency)

Willie Coffey

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley (Constituency)

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Central Scotland (Region)

Substitute Members

Craig Hoy

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Bill Kidd

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Glasgow Anniesland (Constituency)

Colin Smyth

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Committee work

Current

Previous

Administration of Scottish income tax 2020/21

Administration of Scottish income tax 2021/22

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Community empowerment: Covid-19 update

Community Justice: Sustainable alternatives to custody

Covid-19: Vaccination Programme

Drug and Alcohol Services: An update

How the Scottish Government is set up to deliver climate change goals: Governance and risk management arrangements for net zero targets and adaptation outcomes

Improving outcomes for children and young people through school education

National Fraud Initiative 2022

NHS in Scotland 2021

NHS in Scotland 2022

Planning for Skills

Scotland's colleges 2020

Scotland's colleges 2022

Scotland's Financial response to Covid-19 and Scotland's economy: Supporting businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic

Scotland's public finances: Challenges and risks

Social Care Briefing

Social Security: Progress on implementing the devolved benefits

Tackling child poverty

The 2020/ 21 audit of the Crofting Commission

The 2020/21 audit of Bòrd na Gàidhlig

The 2020/21 audit of National Records of Scotland

The 2020/21 audit of NHS Highland

The 2020/21 audit of NHS National Services Scotland: Response to the Covid-19 pandemic

The 2020/21 audit of Scottish Canals

The 2020/21 audit of Scottish Government Consolidated Accounts

The 2020/21 audit of South Lanarkshire College

The 2020/21 audit of the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland

The 2020/21 audit of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency

The 2021/22 audit of National Records of Scotland

The 2021/22 audit of the Crofting Commission

The 2021/22 audit of the Ethical Standards Commissioner in Public Life in Scotland

The 2021/22 audit of the Scottish Government Consolidated Accounts

Correspondence

Committee correspondence

Public Audit Committee

The 2022/23 audit of the Scottish Prison Service: Follow up to Scottish Government, February 2024

Correspondence from the Convener to Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director-General for Health and Social Care, Scottish Government, 9 February 2024

Public Audit Committee

The 2022/23 audit of the Scottish Prison Service: Follow up to Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service, February 2024

Correspondence from the Convener to Eric McQueen, Chief Executive, Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service, 9 February 2024

Public Audit Committee

The 2022/23 audit of the Scottish Prison Service: Follow up to Police Scotland, February 2024

Correspondence from the Convener to Jo Farrell, Chief Constable, Police Scotland, 9 February 2024

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Thursday, February 8, 2024

Public Audit Committee

Decisions on Taking Business in Private, Section 22 Report: “The 2022/23 audit of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland”

Meeting date: Thursday, February 1, 2024

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Section 22 Report: “The 2022/23 audit of the Scottish Prison Service”

Meeting date: Thursday, January 25, 2024

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Section 22 Report: “The 2022/23 audit of NHS Forth Valley”

Meeting date: Thursday, January 18, 2024

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Section 22 report: “The 2022/23 audit of the Scottish Government Consolidated Accounts”

Meeting date: Thursday, January 11, 2024

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, “Scotland’s colleges 2023”

Meeting date: Thursday, December 14, 2023

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Section 23 Report: “Adult mental health”

Meeting date: Thursday, December 7, 2023

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Section 22 Report: “The 2022/23 audit of the Scottish Government Consolidated Accounts”

Meeting date: Thursday, November 30, 2023

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, “Scotland’s colleges 2023”

Meeting date: Thursday, November 23, 2023

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Section 23 Report: “Adult mental health”

Meeting date: Thursday, November 16, 2023

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Section 23 Report: “Adult mental health”

Reports

Committee reports

24 May 2023

Annual Report 2022-23

This report sets out the Public Audit Committee's annual report for the parliamentary year from 13 May 2022 to 12 May 2023.

23 March 2023

New vessels for the Clyde and Hebrides: Arrangements to deliver vessels 801 and 802

This report sets out the Public Audit Committee's scrutiny of the Auditor General for Scotland's report, New vessels for the Clyde and Hebrides: Arrangements to deliver vessels 801 and 802.

01 June 2022

Annual Report 2021-22

This report sets out the Public Audit Committee's annual report for the parliamentary year from 13 May 2021 to 12 May 2022.

Remit

To consider and report on the following (and any additional matter added under Rule 6.1.5A)—

(a) any accounts laid before the Parliament;

(b) any report laid before or made to the Parliament by the Auditor General for Scotland; and

(c) any other document laid before the Parliament, or referred to it by the Parliamentary Bureau or by the Auditor General for Scotland, concerning financial control, accounting and auditing in relation to public expenditure.

2. No member of the Scottish Government or junior Scottish Minister may be a member of the Committee and no member who represents a political party which is represented in the Scottish Government may be convener of the Committee.


Aims and objectives

Through its scrutiny of reports from the Auditor General for Scotland, including engaging with public and stakeholders, the Committee will make a difference to the quality of public services in Scotland by:

  • maintaining an overview of how public money is being spent by the Scottish Government, and other public bodies (including colleges, police and fire services, and the NHS)
  • holding public-sector leaders to account on how public funds have been spent by:
    • influencing public bodies to take appropriate action to implement the recommendations made by the Public Audit Committee and the Auditor General for Scotland
    • encouraging public bodies to publicly evidence how they will respond to recommendations, and the progress they have subsequently made
  • driving continuous improvement across the public sector by:
    • taking a whole-systems approach to our scrutiny of audit reports, as well as scrutinising organisation-by-organisation issues reported to us
    • promoting good practice which is drawn to our attention
  • co-ordinating our scrutiny with other committees so it adds value.

The Committee will keep these objectives under regular review.