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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

4th Meeting, 2023

Agenda: Decision on taking business in private, The 2021/22 audit of the Crofting Commission, The 2021/22 audit of the Crofting Commission, New vessels for the Clyde and Hebrides: Arrangements to deliver vessels 801 and 802

09:00am, 02 February 2023

T1.60-CR4 The Clerk Maxwell Room

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Lynn Russell, the Clerk for the committee at [email protected]

Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5186 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)

Sharon Dowey

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: South 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)

Craig Hoy

Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Substitute Members

Katy Clark

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

Bill Kidd

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Glasgow Anniesland (Constituency)

Roz McCall

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Mid Scotland and Fife (Region)

Committee work

Current

Previous

Correspondence

Committee correspondence

Public Audit Committee

The 2021/22 audit of the Scottish Government Consolidated Accounts: Follow up Auditor General for Scotland

Correspondence from the Convener to Stephen Boyle, the Auditor General for Scotland, 19 January 2023

Public Audit Committee

Tackling child poverty: Follow up Scottish Government, January 2023

Correspondence to the Convener from Paul Johnston, Director-General Communities, Scottish Government, 12 January 2023

Public Audit Committee

Admin of Scottish income tax 2021/22: National Audit Office, January 2023

Correspondence to the Convener from Gareth Davies, Comptroller and Auditor General, 12 January 2023

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Thursday, January 19, 2023

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Section 22 Report: “The 2021/22 audit of the Scottish Government Consolidated Accounts”

Meeting date: Thursday, December 15, 2022

Public Audit Committee

Decisions on Taking Business in Private, Section 22 Report: “The 2021/22 audit of National Records of Scotland”

Meeting date: Thursday, December 8, 2022

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Major Information and Communications Technology Projects

Reports

Committee reports

31 May 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.

21 February 2022

The 2020/21 audit of the Crofting Commission

The Public Audit Committee reports on its scrutiny of the Auditor General for Scotland's section 22 report on the 2020/21 audit of the Crofting Commission.

25 March 2021

Annual Report 2020-21

Annual Report of the Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee

Remit

There shall be a committee, the remit of which is to consider and report on the following (and any additional matter added under Rule 6.1.5A): 

  1. any accounts laid before the Parliament;
  2. any report laid before or made to the Parliament by the Auditor General for Scotland; and
  3. 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.

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.