Public Accounts Committees

Parliaments have a role in scrutinising the work of the government, particularly through Select Committees. Public Accounts Committees scrutinise the financial expenditure of the government and taxpayers money, ensuring transparency and accountability within Government, and making recommendations to ensure taxpayer's receive best value for money on government spending.

Working with oversight committees such as Public Accounts Committees is one of the key ways CPA UK supports financial scrutiny, ensuring members have the technical expertise and knowledge to hold governments to account on behalf of their citizens. 

UK Overseas Territories Project

The UK Overseas Territories Project is a three-year programme of support for public financial management. CPA UK, in consortium with the UK National Audit Office (NAO) and the UK Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA) works with partners in the UK and Overseas Territories to deliver a series of activities focused on providing technical assistance, training and mentoring to support and encourage effective public financial management. 

Read more here.

Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees (CAPAC)

Funded by the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D)

In June 2014, Chairs and Members of Public Accounts and equivalent Committees of Commonwealth parliaments attending the 4th Westminster Workshop on Parliamentary Financial Scrutiny of Public Expenditure at Westminster constituted the Commonwealth Association of Public Accounts Committees (CAPAC).

CAPAC is designed to support the work of Commonwealth Public Accounts Committees in promoting good governance, implementing the declaration on these committees contained in the communiqué of the November 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: 'Heads of Government further reaffirmed that strong and independent Parliamentary oversight plays an important role in preserving the trust of citizens in the integrity of government, through Public Accounts Committees that are effective, independent and transparent'. Meg Hillier MP, the Chair of the UK PAC is currently Chair of CAPAC.

Funded by the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D), CPA UK has delivered a series of regional CAPAC workshops building on the success of a bespoke Public Accounts Committee Africa - UK PAC Workshop delivered by CPA UK in Kenya in August 2018.  Fiji was the first of these workshops focusing on Public Accounts Committees in the Pacific region, this will be followed by workshops in Asia (August 2019) and the Caribbean (January 2020).


Previous Programmes  

Pan-Commonwealth CAPAC Workshop London, United Kingdom, March 2020

In the final activity in the CAPAC workshop series, Chairs, Members and Clerks from Public Accounts Committees across the Commonwealth will be invited to a three-day workshop in London, March 2020. This workshop will draw on learning from across the regional workshops. 

The workshop is part of CPA UK's work in the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) programme.


CAPAC Regional Workshop Series: Caribbean Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 21-23 January 2020

From 21-23 January 2020, CPA UK hosted the third and final CAPAC Caribbean Regional Workshop, in partnership with the Parliament of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The workshop welcomed Chairs, Members, and Clerks from 11 Caribbean Commonwealth Public Accounts or equivalent Committees to Port of Spain for a three-day workshop. Read the Report here.

This workshop is part of a wider project PAC project delivered by CPA UK as part of the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D).

For further information about this workshop and the wider CAPAC programme, please contact Sarah Giles at and Rebekah Northall at 


CAPAC Regional Workshop Series: Asia - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1-3 August 2019

CPA UK delivered the second programme in the CAPAC regional workshop series in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 1-3 August 2019. Read the report here.

The workshop was attended by Chairs, Members and Clerks from 6 Public Accounts Committees across the Asia region. The workshop formed part of CPA UK's work as part of the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D).


CAPAC Regional Workshop Series: Pacific - Suva, Fiji, 19 - 21 February 2019

CPA UK delivered the first in a series of CAPAC workshops in Suva, Fiji from 19 -21 February. Read the report here.

The workshop was attended by Chairs, Members and Clerks from 11 Pacific Island Public Accounts Committees. The workshop formed part of CPA UK's work as part of the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D).