Examination of Witnesses(Questions 580-581)|
WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE 2002
580. Were the 30 or so customers you no longer
supply mainly old established clients or relatively new customers?
I will not ask you to answer those questions now but we might
have a note on those wrap-up questions which have not been covered
in the rest of the meeting. Mr Geraint Davies who has had to leave
has said that there has been some bandying around of figures and
dispute about figure, and the way he has put it is, that to clear
your name and ensure no doubts, would Imperial allow the National
Audit Office to audit their accounts and give full access to managerial
information? You will not be able to give that undertaking today
but it may be there should be some to-ing and fro-ing between
you and the National Audit Office to ensure we have the same information
in front of us. Is that fair enough?
(Mr Davis) I will have to consider that point.
581. Thank you very much, Mr Davis, for coming
to the Committee of Public Accounts and for answering our questions.
You will have understood by now that following our meeting with
Mr Broadbent we do remain extremely concerned about this matter.
A very large amount of public money, over £2 billion, is
at stake here. You have given undertakings to this Committee and
I believe as a result of this Committee we will ensure that when
Customs & Excise report back to us in six months they will
be able to say your record is just as good as your competitors'
record in complying with their requests for action. I am sure
you would agree to that.
(Mr Davis) Very much so, Chairman.
Chairman: Thank you very much.