Public Audit Committee


About The Committee

The Committee's main area of work is consideration of reports from the Auditor General for Scotland (AGS). The AGS is responsible for scrutinising the expenditure and performance of directorates of the Scottish Government and public spending bodies such as NHS boards, FE colleges, police and fire services (the scrutiny of local councils falls within the responsibility of the Accounts Commission which reports to Scottish Ministers). Audit Scotland is the agency which carries out auditing work on behalf of the AGS.

The majority of AGS reports fall into two categories:

Section 23 reports - examine the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector.

Section 22 reports - concern the audit of accounts of individual public bodies.

The AGS gives evidence to the Committee on each report produced. The Committee can then take a range of actions such as noting the report, referring it to another committee for consideration, writing to the Accountable Officer of the body concerned, or conducting an inquiry.

The Committee meets on Wednesday mornings and public gallery seats can be booked in advance from Visitor Services. Committee proceedings are broadcast live via Parliament TV

The Committee's planned meeting dates are:

24 February and 9 March.

Current Business

Committee Meetings

5th Public Audit Committee Meeting 2016

Date: 5th Meeting, Wednesday 10 February 2016

Location: The Robert Burns Room (CR1)

Declaration of interests

Decision on taking business in private

Section 22 report - The 2014/15 audit of the Scottish Police Authority

Section 23 report - Scotland's colleges 2015

Settlement Agreements

Section 22 report - The 2014/15 audit of the Scottish Police Authority

Legacy paper

The Official Report of this meeting is due for publication by 6 pm on Tuesday 16 February 2016.

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Public Audit Committee.

1st Report, 2016 (Session 4): Report on The 2013/14 audit of Coatbridge College: Governance of severance

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Clerk: Anne Peat

Telephone: 0131 348 5390


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