Letter to the Clerk of the Sub-committee
from Gill Eastabrook, Chief Executive, Statistics Commission
When Sir John Kingman gave evidence to the Treasury
Sub-Committee on 16 October, he agreed to provide further evidence
after the Statistics Commission had received and considered the
promised joint statement on Network Rail from the Comptroller
and Auditor General and the National Statistician.
As you know this statement was issued on 24
October and did not address all the points raised by the Commission
in Sir John's letter to Len Cook of 26 July. This was on the agenda
for the Commission's 14 November meeting and as promised I am
writing to update you following that.
In the meantime Sir John has discussed this
with Len Cook, who explained that he felt it was not appropriate
to address the Commission's points because it would put him in
the position of defending the decision on how Network Rail was
set up. Len Cook has followed up that discussion with his letter
of 18 November. The Commission has concluded that, nevertheless,
there remains a need for a clear statement of the position and
the risks to the taxpayer. Sir John is writing today to Sir Andrew
Turnbull to seek his assistance in taking this forward.
I attach copies of Sir John's letter to Sir
Andrew and the associated press release, and of Len Cook's letter
of 18 November.
25 November 2002