Letter to Dr Malcolm Aickin from ENTRUST
Further to our discussions and correspondence
about the above, you give ENTRUST no alternative than to withdraw
the offer for you to join the Improvement Panel.
As you are well aware, members of the Panel
are appointed to obtain views and gather opinions from interested
parties and make recommendations to ENTRUST for improvements to
the Scheme, its organisation and its administrative activities.
This requires that we have mutual assurance in the maintenance
of confidentiality and, unfortunately, this no longer seems to
be possible. As I stated at the Select Committee, ENTRUST had
valued your constructive comments and criticisms and felt that
your involvement in the Panel would be useful. We are most disappointed
that you have chosen to publicise your views, damaging ENTRUST's
reputation and inflicting severe injury on the Credit Scheme and
all of those participating in it.
In view of your correspondence with the Select
Committee and public utterances, both written and oral, some of
which, I understand, are soon to be published officially by the
Committee, ENTRUST can no longer rely on your advice or your ability
to maintain a reasonable degree of confidentiality about our relationship.
I also regret that you made what amounted to an ultimatum to ENTRUST
to correct responses to Select Committee questions, or else. In
fact, we tried to do so, unrelated to your threat, but the Committee
Clerk felt he could not alter the transcript.
This is not solely my decision, as the Board
has resolved to withdraw the offer to you.
Dr Richard Sills
27 February 2001