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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 of the committee

Details of the next meeting are not available yet.

Dates for future meetings

The Parliament is in recess from 29 June 2024. There aren't expected to be any committee meetings until September.

Previous meetings of the committee

See all meetings of the committee

Work of the Committee

Current work

Completed work

Administration of Scottish income tax 2020/21

Administration of Scottish income tax 2021/22

Administration of Scottish income tax 2022/23

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Community empowerment: Covid-19 update

Community Justice: Sustainable alternatives to custody

Covid-19: Vaccination Programme

Criminal courts backlog

Decarbonising heat in homes

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 colleges 2023

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 Scottish Canals

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

The 2022/23 audit of NHS Forth Valley

The Auditor General for Scotland's Work Programme April 2023 - March 2025

Correspondence

Correspondence

Public Audit Committee

The 2022/23 audit of the Water Industry Commission: WICS FOI request, July 2024

Correspondence to the Convener from David Satti, Interim Chief Executive, the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, 10 July 2024

Public Audit Committee

New vessels for the Clyde and Hebrides: FMEL's Financial Records, July 2024

Correspondence to the Convener from Stephen Boyle, the Auditor General for Scotland, 1 July 2024

Public Audit Committee

Ferguson Marine Port Glasgow Limited: Update from the Scottish Government, June 2024

Correspondence to the Convener and Convener of Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee from Kate Forbes, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Gaelic, Scottish Government, 28 June 2024

Official Reports of meetings

Official Reports of meetings

Meeting date: Thursday, June 20, 2024

Public Audit Committee

Interests, Decision on Taking Business in Private, Section 23 Report: “NHS in Scotland 2023”

Meeting date: Thursday, June 6, 2024

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Expiring Private Finance Initiative Contracts

Meeting date: Thursday, May 30, 2024

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Scottish Government Strategic Commercial Assets Division

Meeting date: Thursday, May 9, 2024

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, National Strategy for Economic Transformation

Meeting date: Thursday, May 2, 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, April 25, 2024

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Administration of Scottish Income Tax 2022-23

Meeting date: Thursday, April 18, 2024

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Auditor General for Scotland (Work Programme)

Meeting date: Thursday, March 28, 2024

Public Audit Committee

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

Meeting date: Thursday, March 21, 2024

Public Audit Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Section 22 Report: “The 2022/23 audit of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland”, Section 23 Report: “NHS in Scotland 2023”

Meeting date: Thursday, March 14, 2024

Public Audit Committee

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

Reports

Committee reports

10 June 2024

The 2022/23 audit of the Scottish Prison Service

This report sets out the Public Audit Committee's scrutiny of the Auditor General for Scotland's section 22 report on the 2022/23 audit of the Scottish Prison Service.

30 May 2024

Annual Report of the Public Audit Committee 2023-24

The Annual Report for the Public Audit Committee covering the period 13 May 2023 to 12 May 2024.

28 February 2024

Adult mental health

This report sets out the Public Audit Committee's scrutiny of the joint Auditor General for Scotland and Accounts Commission report, "Adult mental health".

Committee 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.

Current Members

A photo of Richard Leonard MSP

Richard Leonard

Convener
Scottish Labour
A photo of Jamie Greene MSP

Jamie Greene

Deputy Convener
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
A photo of Colin Beattie MSP

Colin Beattie

Member
Scottish National Party
A photo of Fulton MacGregor MSP

Fulton MacGregor

Member
Scottish National Party
A photo of Graham Simpson MSP

Graham Simpson

Member
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Full details of committee membership, including substitute and previous members

Call for views

The Public Audit Committee is not currently seeking views on any of its current inquiries

Get in touch

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