Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Further supplementary memorandum submitted by Mr Donald James


  Further to my recent memorandum to the CMS Committee, I have now heard from the RSC that the reports from the consultants are confidential and that I could not see them or the letters briefing the consultants. This is most unusual as the reports were the basis upon which RSC decided to propose demolition. It is impossible not to conclude that RSC do not wish me to see them more so that the acousticians had not dealt with the auditorium problem which I dealt with in the memorandum. Because of the suspicion about these reports I warned Mr Foy that he and the consultants would be challenged at a local inquiry.

  Would it be possible for [the] Chairman or the Committee to ask RSC for the reports and the briefing letters? I would be prepared to come to London to inspect them and I would treat them in confidence, ie the names of the firms or individuals. If this were possible I would produce a brief additional memorandum for the Committee.

  A copy of the correspondence between Mr Foy and myself is attached.

  I look forward to your comments.

  (Item 5 page 2 of my memorandum refers to the above matter).

26 February 2002

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