The Department of the Accountant-General of the Navy

By C.M. Bruce, published August 1924


The role of Accountant-General was established in 1832 to provide greater discipline over the more timely completion and independent review of the annual accounts of the Admiralty. The article explains the background to these changes and also describes how and why the holder of the position quickly became such an important official within the Admiralty, subsequently reinforced by the establishment of the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts in 1861 and the passage of the Exchequer and Audit Act of 1866. The author explains the methods by which the Accountant-General ensured financial regularity through the preparation and voting of the Navy Estimates and overseeing actual expenditure.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration