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 most other public spending bodies, with the exception of local authorities, and police and fire boards. 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 every report produced. Having received this evidence, the Committee can take a range of actions, including noting the report, referring the report to another Committee for consideration, writing to the Accountable Officer of the body concerned or agreeing to conduct an inquiry.
The Committee normally meets on Wednesday mornings. Details of meetings can be found on these webpages and public gallery seats can be booked in advance from Visitor Services. Committee proceedings are also broadcast live on Parliament TV.
The Public Audit Committee's report on the Management of patients on NHS waiting lists was published on 9 May 2013.
Further information and related videos
Oral evidence sessions on the audit arrangements for the Scottish rate of income tax were held at the Public Audit Committee meetings on 21 and 22 November 2012.
The Committee published it interim report on 25 April 2013 which outlines its initial views on the audit and accountability arrangements for the Scottish rate of income tax and which also seeks views on a number of questions identified throughout the report. The call for evidence page can be accessed here.
9th Public Audit Committee Meeting
Date: 9th Meeting, Wednesday 12 June 2013
Location: Committee room1
Decision on taking business in private
Commonwealth Games 2014 progress report 2: Planning for the delivery of the XXth Games - Impact report and update on progress
Responding to challenges and change - An overview of local government in Scotland 2013
Landfill Tax (Scotland) Bill
Consideration of approach - Commonwealth Games 2014 Progress report 2: Planning for the delivery of the XXth Games - Impact report and update on progress
Official Report of meeting 12 June 2013 (514KB pdf)
Read the latest report from the Public Audit Committee.
4th Report, 2013 (Session 4): Annual Report 2012-13