Clause 11

Part of Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 1:45 pm ar 3 Mawrth 2011.

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Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Economic Secretary to the Treasury 1:45, 3 Mawrth 2011

It is probably unwise for me to make broad comments that do not relate to this role. That would be an entirely different debate about roles that might have different requirements. The hon. Gentleman’s points about politics are separate from the situation that we are discussing; in the case of the CAG it is right to have a single term. High-quality candidates will always be available to carry out the role. There is no question of the CAG seeking reappointment. That means that there is no danger, either in reality or perception, that his or her judgments will be compromised as the period for the renewal of their term approaches. The clause reflects the position of the Public Accounts Committee as set out in its 15th report.

In terms of how our approach compares with that of other countries, many other countries have fixed-term appointments for their similar auditor generals. In Norway, the fixed term is five years, but in the United States it is 15. By setting a tenure of 10 years we have hopefully got it about right. It is a substantial role that needs a substantial person in it. That tenure will give them time to come into the role and develop the leadership that they need.