Deidre Brock MP has criticised the UK Government for its "total lack of control" of spending on public projects after a National Audit Office report showed a third of major projects expected within the next 5 years, from a portfolio costing more than £500 billion, were rated 'in doubt' or 'unachievable'.
Deidre Brock MP, the SNP's member on the Public Accounts Committee, said:
"At a time of austerity, of severe public spending cuts, the UK Government's failure to properly manage these major projects is a scandal. Billions of pounds are likely to be wasted simply due to their incompetence.
"Instead of lecturing the working poor about tightening their belts, the Tories need to tighten their own controls on these massive spending projects. We need full transparency over costs, and consistent planning, monitoring and measuring of performance across all Whitehall departments.
"We've always known the Tory government is out of touch but this report shows they are also completely careless with the public purse.
"If the UK Government was looking for lessons in project delivery it could get them from the Scottish Government, with major projects under their watch coming in on time and on budget."
• The NAO report, produced for Westminster's Public Accounts Committee, covered a portfolio of over £500 billion worth of projects including infrastructure, ICT and service delivery transformation.
• The National Audit Office Report is available to download here: https://www.nao.org.uk/press-releases/delivering-major-projects-in-government-a-briefing-for-the-committee-of-public-accounts/
• There are 149 major projects in the Government Major Projects Portfolio at a combined cost of £511 billion, with an expected spend of £25 billion in 2015-16.• The report raised concerns about limited data publishing, poor portfolio management, inconsistent reporting of costs and a lack of systemic monitoring by government departments.