Clause 15

Part of Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 2:00 pm ar 3 Mawrth 2011.

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Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Economic Secretary to the Treasury 2:00, 3 Mawrth 2011

As we have heard, clause 15 sets out restrictions on the employment of former holders of the office of Comptroller and Auditor General. It might be helpful to go into some of the points that the hon. Gentleman raised about why we put in place the period of two years. Clause 15 restricts the former CAG from working for the Crown or providing services to persons acting on behalf of the Crown for a period of two years after they cease to occupy that role. We think that is a proportionate way of meeting the objective of protecting the independence of the CAG’s office.

The hon. Gentleman asked about the current incumbent’s salary. I should point out that he was recruited in June 2009, so that was probably when his generous salary was agreed. The Public Accounts Commission has recommended a five-year ban, but there is a problem with that.