Examination of Witnesses (Questions 240-243)|
MONTAGU KCB, MR
MONDAY 18 MARCH 2002
240. Some of them failed we have been told that.
(Sir Nicholas Montagu) No. This is important again
Mr Williams. You must distinguish between the submissions issue,
which we have dealt with, and the level of interest. We are talking
about a gap between the number of people who registered and the
number of people who opted in the event to use the service.
241. How do you know the others did not opt
to use it but were not able to because the thing was not working?
(Sir Nicholas Montagu) There may be some of those
but the gap is not
242. Why only some, why might there not be lots?
What evidence have you got?
(Sir Nicholas Montagu) Again, because we have a lot
of evidence of these technical issuesthe slash, the pound
sign, the people doing thatand because also, remember,
we went back to the people who had registered but not filed, and
my understandingand again Terry or Barry will correct me
if I am wrongit was not, "Oh, we tried but it was
all too hard so we gave up". Is that right, broadly speaking?
(Mr Hawes) Yes, there was quite a wide spectrum but
that was basically the case, yes.
Mr Williams: Thank you.
243. Sir Nicholas, may I thank you for a characteristically
combative and skilful performance, and may I also thank your two
colleagues, Mr Glassberg and Mr Hawes, for assisting you today.
Clearly there have been some teething problems, it is a very exciting
project and I myself am inspired to attempt to do it myself.
(Sir Nicholas Montagu) I am sure you will find it
ease itself, Chairman.
Chairman: Thank you very much. The session is