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The Public Accounts Committee chair sits right at the heart of Westminster, with the power to examine public spending across government. But as Margaret Hodge says she’s always felt like an outsider Continue to article
Public Accounts Committee press release The Government consistently over-estimates annual repayments on student loans and consistently under-estimates the debt that will never be repaid. The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Com... Continue to article
Michael Ellis accused Margaret Hodge of sensationalism over the Public Accounts Committee's report on the royal finances. “I do think that it’s political posturing, quite frankly – I think it’s grandstanding. The reality of the matter is... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge said the Royal Household and Treasury were failing to manage the royal finances effectively. “I don’t think we’d accuse anybody of profligacy, but what we are saying is that we don’t think the Queen is served well either b... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge hit back at Treasury claims that her committee's aggressive questioning was discouraging multinational firms from investing in public contracts in the UK and warned a "race to the bottom" in business taxes was "short-sighted"... Continue to article
Downing Street has defended the Public Accounts Committee’s right to aggressively question multinational companies on their tax affairs. Treasury sources said earlier that there was “no doubt” that the attacks from Margaret Hodge, who c... Continue to article
The head of the influential Public Accounts Committee today hit out at the Department of Education over "abusive statistics" on free schools. The Department's Permanent Secretary Chris Wormald claimed that 86% of planned admissions have ... Continue to article
Mark Field said the UK had "blundered" into a "big constitutional change" of establishing the principle of Parliament voting on military action. "I wouldn’t over-state it, but the moment we started electing select committee chairmen they... Continue to article
NHS England’s medical director has admitted he has “no idea” how much extra consultants will expect to be paid in return for providing seven-day cover. Sir Bruce Keogh last week unveiled his plans to address higher mortality rates at wee... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge argued BBC executives had lost sight of the fact that they were lavishing public money on payoffs for former colleagues. “I think they just had lost the plot, in the words of Tony Hall, and the top management of the BBC re... Continue to article
08/05/2012 in Defence
Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge has attacked the Ministry of Defence's mishandling of carrier aircraft replacement as a "tragic waste of taxpayers’ money".
The UK will lack aircraft carrier capability until 2020 because the Government "chose to delay" purchasing the required aircraft as part of the defence spending review.
Writing exclusively for PoliticsHome, Ms Hodge said: "This fiasco over aircraft carriers is one of the most potent examples of what can go wrong with big projects in the public sector and lies at the heart of what is dysfunctional within the Ministry of Defence."
George Osborne will struggle to cut Government spending to the extent he has promised, according to a report by MPs. The Public Accounts Committee said departments coped well with the first year of cuts, totalling £7.9bn, but warned that finding a further 19% of total spending, £77bn, would prove a "more significant challenge". Margaret Hodge, who chairs the committee, said: "The Treasury needs to get a grip at the centre on the approach taken by departments, otherwise government will impose arbitary cuts and fail to secure value for money."
The Private Finance Initiative scheme set up by Gordon Brown was "appallingly poor value for money", Margaret Hodge has admitted. In a wide-ranging interview with The Times, Ms Hodge also said she had been shocked at discovering how taxpayers money has been wasted in Government departments, criticising the Ministry of Defence in particular, which she said was "over-optimistic" about what it could buy with the funding available.
A "radical" rethink of the Government's Private Finance Initiative has been called for by the Commons Public Accounts Committee. The Committee, chaired by Margaret Hodge, warned that, in too many cases, investors have made "eye-wateringly high" profits while taxpayers are trapped in expensive and inflexible contracts.
The chairman of Parliament's spending watchdog has promised to make life "uncomfortable" for ministers and civil servants who refuse to comply with it. The chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, said it was her job to "blow the whistle and shout loudly" to eradicate waste. In a speech today, Ms Hodge will also say the PAC has faced "obfuscation" during its inquiries.
Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, has described the American firm in charge of the failing NHS IT project as "cowboys" who should be "run out of town". Ms Hodge told the Times she was shocked to learn that Computer Sciences Corporation was looking to increase its contract after it failed to deliver fully functional software to any of 166 NHS trusts in England, costing in excess of £2bn.
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