Public Accounts Committee

It is not yet clear why  key evidence about ex-BBC Director General Mark Thompson was excluded from Nick Pollard's £3 million review of the BBC's handling of the Savile affair. (Photo PA)

The BBC Trust is a classic New Labour horlicks

9 September 2013 18:43

Nobody is ever ‘invited’ to appear before Margaret Hodge and the Commons public accounts committee. They are always ‘hauled’ before her. Thus it was with a whole phalanx of BBC… Continue reading

Patients have the right to know data about how the NHS operates. Photo: Getty Images.

Why is the NHS spending public money on inferior treatment, and why don’t patients know about it?

4 June 2013 11:10

The NHS reform debate remains fixated with money. Budgets, we are led to believe, are directly related to the quality of treatment a patient receives. But in too many areas… Continue reading

The quest for renewable energy continues to raise household incomes. Photo: Getty Images.

Wind power is unnecessarily stretching the cost of living

14 January 2013 19:01

The perfect news to greet a freezing Britain today — energy bills are set to take another hike thanks to a series of dodgy wind energy contracts. According to today’s… Continue reading

Sir Jeremy's appearance in front of the Public Accounts Committee looks set to be an interesting watch Image: Getty

Sherlock Heywood will face the mob

8 January 2013 17:32

Not long ago Westminster wags nicknamed Sir Jeremy Heywood, Downing Street’s top Sir Humphrey — ‘Wormtongue’ after Tolkien’s poisonous power behind the throne in the Lord of the Rings. Since… Continue reading

Jimmy Carr, another figure to face public wrath over his tax affairs, at a launch in a Starbucks in 2012. Picture: Getty

MPs criticise ‘voluntary’ tax arrangements for Starbucks and other big companies

3 December 2012 9:01

Danny Alexander might be glad that a PR panic before the Public Accounts Committee published its report into HMRC and the ability of multinational companies to avoid paying their share… Continue reading

Lin Homer insisted that HMRC was not giving big business an easy ride.

Headmistress Hodge grills HMRC on tax avoidance

5 November 2012 18:17

Ever since Margaret Hodge took over the chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee, its evidence sessions have become rather lively: more like a fearsome grilling from the headmistress than a… Continue reading