The Background to Plowden
The aim of Your Committee was to find out whether the present ‘system’ of Treasury control is as effective as modern conditions demand. Your Committee cannot give a definite answer. The system appears to work reasonably well. But it would be idle to pretend that Your Committee is left entirely without disquiet …
Because of all these doubts, and because of the constitutional significance of the subject, Your Committee have reached the conclusion that further enquiry, at once more detailed and more expert, is required. Accordingly they recommend that a small independent committee, which should have access to Cabinet papers, be appointed to report upon the theory and practice of Treasury control of expenditure.
KeywordsGross Domestic Product Public Expenditure Select Committee Economy Campaign Constitutional Significance
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