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The Executive in the ConstitutionStructure, Autonomy, and Internal Control$
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Terence Daintith and Alan Page

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198268703

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268703.001.0001

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The Financial Resources of Government: Monitoring and Control

The Financial Resources of Government: Monitoring and Control

(p.169) 6 The Financial Resources of Government: Monitoring and Control
The Executive in the Constitution

Terence Daintith

Alan Page

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the conceptual apparatus of control: the status of the rules on which control is based, and the key concepts around which it is articulated. It also explains how the spending patterns set by the Public Expenditure Survey (PES) and the supply cycle are monitored and controlled by the Treasury, through authorizations and delegations on the one hand and through PES-derived mechanisms of cash control on the other. Then, it considers the way in which internal Treasury controls relate to those exercisable by Parliament (and on its behalf by the National Audit Office (NAO)), and by the courts. It is stated that the structure that has been described appears as a ‘mixed’ system of departmentally and centrally provided legal services. In order to conclude the structural survey, it first needs to look more closely at the history and status of the Law Officers, the most visible agents of central control and co-ordination.

Keywords:   financial resources, monitoring, Public Expenditure Survey, Treasury, National Audit Office, legal services, Law Officers

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