Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

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, Mr Yardley.

  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
Chief Executive

27 March 2001

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