Letter to Andrew F Bennett MP, Chairman
of the Committee from ENTRUST
I have read and agree with the letter which
Lord Cranbrook has sent you today.
When I sent the offending letter to Dr Aickin,
I did not recognise that it constituted a contempt. I had sent
a final draft to our solicitors, but was not advised that it might
constitute a contempt. Indeed, I enclosed a copy of the letter
to Dr Aickin with another item of correspondence with your Clerk,
With the benefit of further legal advice, I
entirely accept that the letter does constitute a contempt and
I offer my own personal full and unreserved apology to you and
the Environment Committee. I respectfully request that you and
the Committee accept my full, unreserved apology for the contempt.
I will, of course, attend with Lord Cranbrook,
before the Committee at 10.30 am on Wednesday 28 March 2001, to
apologise in person for what has occurred.
Dr Richard Sills
27 March 2001