Magazine article Public Finance

Leigh Wants to Stay as Chair of PAC

Magazine article Public Finance

Leigh Wants to Stay as Chair of PAC

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The high-profile chair of the influential Commons Public Accounts Committee, Edward Leigh, is seeking to stay in the job.

The Tory MP for Gainsborough told Public Finance that he was applying for his old job. 'I would like to continue but it's up to the committee,' he said. 'But I will be putting my name forward.'

The PAC, established by William Gladstone, is one of the most respected of all Westminster committees and subsequently affords its chair a higher profile than many other opposition members. It scrutinises the spending of public money of all Whitehall departments, some £700bn, and regularly takes the government to task.

Leigh was appointed chair in October 2001, taking over from David Davis, now a contender for the Tory leadership. A new chair is traditionally selected at the beginning of a new Parliament, but Leigh said he did not think a decision was imminent. …

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