- Tony Wright
‘Accounting: heckling the steamroller’ looks at how Government is held accountable. This happens in various ways, not least by the electorate, and increasingly through the media, but Parliament has a constitutional responsibility to hold Governments to account on a continuous basis. The formal procedures and conventions of Parliament reflect this duty. Ministers are required to attend Parliament regularly to answer questions and make statements to both the House and to its committees, as well as providing information in writing. There is also a whole army of regulators, auditors, inspectors, investigators and watchdogs that scrutinize every area of public service.