§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what response he has given to the National Audit Office report entitled "Ministry of Defence: Management and Control of Army Training Land"; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
By convention, National Audit Office reports are agreed with Departments before publication. The report is to the House of Commons and it is for the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), in the first instance, to decide whether to take evidence from the Department and report further. The Accounting Officer will speak for the Department should the PAC call him to give evidence.