Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Public Accounts Committee - Toothless Tiger?

Further to my post earlier with regards to Deputy Prime Minister's interference over the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), there has been many comments that it's really a toothless tiger.

Well, let me put it this way, the PAC is without a doubt a "toothless tiger". It has absolutely no power take punitive actions or even for its proposals to the Government, is merely that, proposals. The Executive more often than not, ignores these proposals.

However, at the same time, the PAC does have its worth and usefulness, which similarly cannot be doubted. We can call up and questions officers of the Government and they are required to respond.

To cut a long story short, with critical information in hand, which we would otherwise have no access to, it is possible for us parliamentarians to make our statements and push our agenda. And this advantage can certainly not be underestimated. ;-)
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