Whole of government accounts dry run 2008/09 report

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From: Lisa Evans

18 August 2010

Dear National Audit Office,

It is my understanding that Prior to 2009-10, Treasury commissioned
the NAO annually to review the
dry run WGA accounts.

It is also my understanding that the office of national statistics
has reported back to Treasury on the extent
to which they had reservations concerning the development of the
processes for preparing the Whole of Government Accounts for
2008/09.

I would like to request a copy of this report from the National
Audit Office to the Treasury.

Yours faithfully,

Lisa Evans

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18 August 2010

Dear Ms Evans,

Thank you for contacting the National Audit Office. I am in the process of logging your FOI request but would like to clarify one point with you.

In your email you refer specifically to an Office for National Statistics (ONS) report to HM Treasury. Can I just confirm that your request is actually for any NAO reports on the dry run not the ONS one?

Once we receive your clarification we will continue processing your request.

Yours sincerely,

Tara-Lee Platt

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From: Lisa Evans

19 August 2010

Dear FOI, REQUESTS,

You are quite right to ask for clarification here. Apologies, as I
typed 'office of national statistics' instead of 'National Audit
Office'. To clarify my request is:

"It is my understanding that Prior to 2009-10, HM Treasury
commissioned the National Audit Office (NAO) annually to review the
dry run of Whole of Government Accounts (WGA).

It is also my understanding that the NAO has reported back to HM
Treasury on the extent to which they had reservations concerning
the development of the processes for preparing the WGA for 2008/09.

I would like to request a copy of this report from the NAO to the
Treasury."

Yours sincerely,

Lisa Evans

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National Audit Office

19 August 2010

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Dear Ms Evans,

Thank you for clarifying the request. I have now logged it (reference number above) and we will process it accordingly.

Yours sincerely,

Tara-Lee Platt

FOI Team
Elizabeth Centre 3
National Audit Office
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London
SW1W 9SS

Tel: 020 7798 7264
Fax: 020 7798 7903
Email: [NAO request email]
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Dear Ms Evans,

Please find attached our response to your FOI request.

Yours sincerely,

Nora Miller

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Lisa Evans left an annotation (10 September 2010)

Quote-marks This reply states that the information I requested does exist but the department refuses to publish it.

It does refer me to the FRAB reports. I assume the report they mean is this report which states:

"Whole of Government Accounts (WGA)

3.17 In last year’s report, the Board received an update from the Treasury on progress made in developing WGA, receiving a summary of the 2007-08 dry-run process and details of related improvements made in the Treasury’s own internal processes. In response to the update, the Board requested the Treasury to confirm whether it had sufficient authority and staff resources
to implement the WGA project to timetable. The Board received assurance from the Treasury that on the authority issue, it had made clear to Accounting Officers their responsibility to deliver WGA returns on time, and that the level of WGA resources was being kept under review. The Board noted that the WGA project remained challenging and that additional
work was required to address remaining significant issues.

3.18 During the period covered by this report, the Board was pleased to receive a further update on the progress made in developing WGA. The Treasury
provided a summary of its 2008-09 dry run process and its plans for producing an auditable account for 2009-10. The 2008-09 dry run was reported to be a significant improvement on previous dry runs, although the Treasury acknowledged that there were significant challenges ahead. The Board noted that whilst significant challenges remain, it was encouraged by
the Treasury’s continued progress in developing WGA."

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Lisa Evans left an annotation (10 September 2010)

Quote-marks The report quoted from above is number 13 from the following list:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/psr_report...

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Lisa Evans left an annotation (29 September 2010)

Quote-marks I have found a very good report of the dry run for 2008/09:

http://www.icaew.com/index.cfm/route/173...

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