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WELSH OFFICE 'LOSES TRACK' OF£209M OF PUBLIC MONEY

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Inefficient book-keeping has led the Welsh Office and highway authorities in Wales to lose track of£209m of public...
Inefficient book-keeping has led the Welsh Office and highway authorities in Wales to lose track of £209m of public money reports, the Independent (p2).

Authorities have been found unable to produce documents proving where government money for road improvement has gone. As a result, the National Audit Office has qualified the Welsh Office accounts for the fifth year running.

The accounts published today, has caused Comptroller and Auditor General, Sir John Bourn, to comment that the lack of records means there is 'material uncertainty' as to the government's total spending in Wales.

The Welsh office also miscalculated the amount due to local authorities to compensate them for reducing the community charge. 'This resulted in erroneous payments made in March 1993 to four authorities totalling some £963,000.' said Sir John.
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