Examination of Witnesses (Questions 420-422)|
MOTTRAM KCB AND
MONDAY 4 MARCH 2002
420. If you cannot answer this perhaps you can
give us a note. I am sure you cannot answer this question, colleagues
are interested in knowing how much of the total income earned
by the firm of solicitors involved in the shredding process was
paid by the Teesside Corporation? Colleagues are interested in
knowing how the firm of solicitors was chosen, in particular was
the contract put out to tender?
(Mr Hall) Right.
421. Perhaps you can provide us with a note
on those matters?
(Mr Hall) I will do that.
422. Gentlemen, it has been a very long session
and we are very grateful to you, indeed, for your patience in
answering our questions. I know Sir Richard this has been a very
busy week for you, indeed a very busy day. Having said that, although
we are sympathetic to your difficulties, may I just underline
the Committee does view these matters with great concern and we
will shortly be publishing a Report in which we hope to provide
some recommendations which will enable you and your successor
to ensure that in future non-departmental public bodies neither
bend the rules nor break the rules. Is that a fair comment? Do
you want to have the very last word?
(Sir Richard Mottram) I do not want to have the last
word. I came before the Committee entirely prepared to answer
for the stewardship of all of the accounting officers and I hope
I did that.
Chairman: The public session is closed.
15 Note by witness: I am given to understand
that competitive tenders were invited for the provision of legal
services in the early 1990s. Following this exercise three firms
were appointed, Nabarro Nathanson of London; Richardson, Boyle
& Blackmore of London; and at local level Messrs Punch Robson.
I understand that throughout the life of the Corporation competitive
rates were sought at both national and local level for legal services.
It should be noted that all consultants, including legal services
were subject to review and report throughout the life of the Corporation.
These reports prepared each quarter were submitted to the Board
and a separate copy posted directly to the Regional Office of
the Department as part of the monitoring procedures. These reports
identified all payments made during the quarter and were subject
to external audit that reported upon the outcome of these reviews
in each of their annual statements. I am unable to supply details
of the total income earned by the firm of solicitors and indeed
other firms as the Corporation wound up some four years ago. However
having regard to the above comments upon the monitoring procedures
the information should be available. Back