Examination of Witnesses (Questions 55
WEDNESDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2000
55. We are very conscious, Mr Spratt, that this
is a resumption of the conversation we had with you two years
(Mr Spratt) Yes.
56. We are very grateful to you for coming back.
I do not know whether there is anything you want to say to us
before we get into taking evidence. You will remember the ground
rules under which we operate, which are that you should feel totally
free to gloss any answers you give, either while you are with
us or later in writing, should you wish to do so; equally, we
would come back to you if we have a supplementary question after
the event which we thought needed to be tendered in writing. We
are delighted to see Mr Smyth and yourself on this occasion. Is
there anything you would like to say to us before we start?
(Mr Spratt) Thank you very much for giving us the
opportunity to come back again some two years later, and for giving
us the opportunity to express our views on how the Northern Ireland
Prison Service is progressing. Can I address a few items of fact
that Mr Halward put to the Committee? Would this be the appropriate
time to do it?
(Mr Spratt) I just want to clarify a few points, first
of all on page 7 of the minutes.
58. Is this the transcript from the last meeting?
I am not sure whether all of us have a copy. I happen to have
a copy in front of me. It would be easier, from our selfish point
of view, if you could deal with question numbers rather than pages.
You will notice there are question numbers.
(Mr Spratt) Question 5.
59. I guessed it was going to be question 5.
(Mr Spratt) Mr Halward, in fact, was asked the question
about the amount of money that was paid out in severance payment
to officers and what was the range of payments received by individual
officers. It relates to a figure here of £250,000 as a lump
sum. I just want to clarify that. That may have been the total
figure before tax, but in actual fact the officer was left with
£164,000 at aged 40, which had to do him for 20 years, or
I hope he gets a job. I just want to clarify that.