Letter to Andrew F Bennett MP, Chairman
of the Committee from the Chairman of ENTRUST
I have seen the letter dated 12 March sent on
behalf of the Sub-committee by your Clerk, Huw Yardley to Dr Richard
Sills, Chief Executive of ENTRUST. This obviously causes me concern,
particularly in respect of any perception that disrespect or contempt
to the Committee or House was intended in correspondence between
ENTRUST and Dr Aickin.
I assure you that no such disrespect was contemplated
or intended, either by the Board as a whole or by its Chief Executive.
On behalf of the Board, I hope that you and the Committee will
accept ENTRUST's sincere apologies for any such perception that
may have been caused.
The Board has undertaken to explore with Dr
Aickin how his contribution could be utilised through the Improvement
Panel to enhance understanding of the Credit Scheme among non-ebco
members, and to assist ENTRUST's regulatory role in future.
I trust that this response serves to reassure
you and the Committee that ENTRUST intended neither molestation
nor threats against Dr Aickin, nor to act in a manner contrary
to the Witnesses (Public Inquiries) Protection Act 1892, clause
2. On behalf of the Board of ENTRUST, I repeat our sincere apologies
if any action has caused you and the Committee to perceive that
a contempt has been committed, and I assure you most strongly
that nothing of this sort was intended.
If your Committee requires ENTRUST to make an
appearance on 21 March, I trust you will agree that I should attend
with the Chief Executive.
The Earl of Cranbrook DSc DL
18 March 2001