Select Committee on International Development Minutes of Evidence

Memorandum submitted by Mr Mike Welton, Chief Executive, Balfour Beatty

  I enclose three attachments offering additional written evidence which we agreed that Balfour Beatty should submit at the time I gave oral evidence to the Committee on 9 January. These comprise:

    1.  Balfour Beatty Chairman, Lord Weir's letter to Vivian Brown of ECGD of 26 January 2000, attaching a resume of the position, as it then was, on the allegations made against a French-led consortium in Lesotho,of which we were a part.

    2.  A brief note[9] on the most serious incident of fraud perpetrated against the company in recent years. This instance was in the UK but it amply illustrates the vulnerability of large organisations to individual actions and the difficulties of attaining appropriate convictions and penalties over a long period of time. I am sure you will understand that we wish this item to remain private.

    3.  Some notes on evidence submitted to the Committee in writing, which contain factual inaccuracies and unsubstantiated allegations in respect of Balfour Beatty.

Mr Mike Welton, Chief Executive, Balfour Beatty

January 2001

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