So named because it met at Brooke House.

From The Private Palaces of London Past and Present by E. Beresford Chancellor (1908):

the “Brooke House Committee,” … had been appointed, in 1668, to examine into the expenditure of certain moneys granted by Parliament to Charles II. for the ostensible purpose of prosecuting the war with Holland, but which seem, as was not then unusual, to have been employed by his Majesty in more peaceful projects. We find Pepys, on December 18th, wending his way thither, and carrying with him by order, the “Contract-books, from the beginning to the end of the late war.” “I found him” (Colonel Thomson), says the Diarist, “finding of errors in a ship’s book, where he showed me many, which must end in the ruin, I doubt, of the Comptroller.”

1893 text

“An Act for taking the Accompts of the several sums of money therein menconed,” 19 and 20 Car. II., c. I. The commissioners were empowered to call before them all Treasurers, Receivers, Paymasters, Principal Officers and Commissioners of the Navy and Ordnance respectively, Pursers, Mustermasters and Clerks of the Cheque, Accomptants, and all Officers and Keepers of his Majesties Stores and Provisions for Warr as well for Land as Sea, and all other persons whatsoever imployed in the management of the said Warr or requisite for the discovery of any frauds relating thereunto,” &c., &c. (“Statutes of the Realm,” vol. v., pp. 624,627).

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Committee of Accounts enabling legislation

'Charles II, 1667 & 1668: An Act for taking the Accompts of the severall So[m]ms of Money therein menc[i]oned', Statutes of the Realm: volume 5: 1628-80 (1819), pp. 624-627. URL:… Date accessed: 05 January 2011

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Passage in House of Lords 19 December 1667…

Bill for taking Public Accompts.

The Duke of Richmond reported, "That the Committee have considered of the Bill for taking the Accompts of the several Sums of Money therein mentioned; and the Committee thinks it fit to pass as it is, without any Alteration."

Hodie 3a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for taking the Accompts of the several Sums of Money therein mentioned."

The Question being put, "Whether this Bill shall pass?"

It was Resolved in the Affirmative.

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