Ministers have blown £239million on holding 26 inquiries since 2005 but can’t prove they help

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MINISTERS have blown £239million on holding 26 inquiries since 2005 without being able to prove they have helped.

The damning finding comes from a National Audit Office report into the government’s habit of ordering the long running probes.

 Damning findings show that ministers have blown £239million on holding 26 inquiries since 2005 without being able to prove they have helpedPA:Press Association Damning findings show that ministers have blown £239million on holding 26 inquiries since 2005 without being able to prove they have helped

The huge volume of them has come under fire from MPs, who accuse the government of often allowing them to spiral out of control.

The state’s financial watchdog cast fresh doubt on inquires last night by also finding that ministers have failed to show they deliver results.

The NAO said: “It is not always clear to taxpayers what action government has taken in response to recommendations and whether inquiries have had the intended impact.

“Departments were not able to provide the NAO with evidence that they had consistently monitored and scrutinised the cost and progress of the inquiries they have sponsored.”

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