PAC members attend public spending conference in London

Two members of the Public Accounts Committee, Bernie Bush and Austin Harris, are in London this week to attend a conference on public spending.

Mr. Bush, who is Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and Mr. Harris, who is a councilor in Premier Alden McLaughlin’s ministry, are attending the 6th Annual Public Accounts Committees Symposium and Workshop.

The symposium, hosted by the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies, brings together members of regional and national public accounts committees from across the Commonwealth and British Overseas Territories “to equip them with knowledge and practical experience to ensure government expenditures are effective, economical and efficient,” according to a government press release.

“The primary role of the PAC is to provide financial scrutiny, in conjunction with the Auditor General’s Office, of government spending,” said Mr. Harris in the release. “Its work is essential to building public trust; therefore, attending workshops like these enables PAC members to better understand the complex accounts it scrutinizes in order to ensure both accountability and value for money.”

The symposium, which runs from Oct. 15 to 19, covers areas such as scrutiny of public accounts, building an efficient working relationship between the Public Accounts Committee and audit institutions, fostering an environment of value for money, how to measure the efficiency of private and public sector companies that provide services to the public, and assessing the impact of the Public Accounts Committees while holding stakeholders to account. Delegates from Kenya, Ghana, the Solomon Islands, Australia, Tonga and the United Kingdom are also attending the conference.