MPs call for greater scrutiny of public spending

22 April 2008
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23 April 2008 | Jake Kanter

A group of MPs has demanded more access to details of PFI contracts and greater discussion of comprehensive spending review (CSR) proposals.

The Commons Liaison Committee, which includes chairmen of 30 select committees, called for details of PFI deals to be made available so MPs can judge the cost benefits they offer taxpayers.

MPs want a similar level of access to PFI contracts as the National Audit Office. The committee wants details on savings, public sector commitment to the agreements and information on the risks involved.

The committee has also requested that proposals in the CSR should be the subject of a day's discussion in the Commons. It criticised the government for not debating the three-year plan to save £30 billion in detail.

"It is absurd that the outcome of the comprehensive spending review was discussed for only an hour and a half in the chamber, and makes a mockery of the house's right to scrutinise government expenditure," the MPs complained.


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