This report - edited by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association - assesses how parliamentary committees can enhance democratic governance.
The purpose of this enquiry was to assess how Public Accounts Committees (PACs) are working in practice and whether they are fulfilling expectations as important guarantors of good governance. The report tackles issues such as capacity building, independence and information exchange. Problems for developing countries as well as the question of defining accountability, are also addressed.
David G. McGee QC, was formerly an Ombudsman and Clerk of the House of Representatives of New Zealand. He is the author of The Overseers: Public Accounts Committees and Public Spending (Pluto, 2002).
Introduction 1. The Public Accounts Committee As Part Of Democratic Accountability 2. The International Dimension 3. Auditors-General 4. Public Accounts Committees 5. Problems For Developing Countries And Smaller Parliaments 6. Information Exchanges Appendices