Parliament and Public Money

  • John McEldowney
  • Colin Lee


Parliament often seems at its weakest in the control and scrutiny of public money. Taxes and duties are raised, and public money is spent, with formal parliamentary authority. However, such authority is almost invariably granted in the form proposed by the Government. While suggestions for reform have often focused on ways to give the House of Commons a greater institutional involvement in these processes, progress has been more marked in the retrospective scrutiny and audit of Government’s expenditure decisions. Scrutiny is now much more complex and sophisticated, although parliamentary mechanisms have struggled to keep abreast with the growing range and complexity of the taxation system and public expenditure.


Public Expenditure National Audit Select Committee Public Money Auditor General 
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  • John McEldowney
  • Colin Lee

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