§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Prime Minister (1) pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Norfolk, North 18 May, Official Report c. 68–69, how many of the present staff of the Comptroller and Auditor General for England, Scotland and Wales, are chartered accountants, split between those who audit within (a) the Civil Service, (b) local government, (c) the National Health Service and (d) all other Government bodies;
(2) pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Norfolk, North 18 May, Official Report c. 68–69, if she will give details of the qualifications of the 60 staff 68W employed by the Comptroller and Auditor General who are qualified as members of accountancy bodies, and also state how many are chartered accountants.
§ The Prime Minister
The Comptroller and Auditor General currently employs 63 staff who are qualified as members of accountancy bodies, as follows:
Staff Institute of Chartered Accountants 8 Association of Certified and Corporate Accountants 7 Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy 40 Institute of Cost and Management Accountants 8 The eight members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants are assigned to audits in the following areas: Civil Service 6 National Health Service NIL Other Government Bodies 2
The C and AG does not undertake audits within local government; these are the responsibility of the district audit service or commercial accountancy firms.