written evidence from Colin Myler, Editor,
Responses to further questions of 27 July 2009
1. By what percentage has Colin Myler reduced the cash expenditure for stories at News of the World? (Q1475)
I believe the figure I gave in evidence was between 82-89%. A comparison between News of the World cash payments for the financial year July 2004 to June 2005 and the financial year July 2007 to June 2008 shows a reduction of 89%. I arrived in January 2007.
2. Did the board of News International know about, and authorise, the settlement payments to Gordon Taylor? (Q1507)
3. Mr Crone said that the earliest contract for Glen Mulcaire he had seen was dated 2001. Did Glen Mulcaire have any association with News International papers prior to 2001? (Q1517)
The earliest payment we can find on our records for Glen Mulcaire or his company Nine Consultancy is September 2001. We think he may have had another company prior to this period and are still searching for information and/or payments relating to it.
4. Did News International make any payments to Glen Mulcaire after his conviction? If so, how much was the payment? (Q1522 & Q1579)
In June 2007, claim(s) made by Glen Mulcaire against News Group Newspapers Limited in employment tribunal proceedings were settled. The nature of the claim(s), the circumstances giving rise to it/them and the terms of the settlement (including the amount of any payment(s)) are subject to mutual and legally binding confidentiality obligations. These are standard in compromise agreements entered into under section 203 of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
5. Did News International make any payments to Clive Goodman after his conviction? If so, how much was the payment and on what grounds was it made? (Q1536)
In July 2007, employment-related claim(s) made by Clive Goodman against News Group Newspapers Limited were settled. The nature of the claim(s), the circumstances giving rise to it/them and the terms of the settlement (including the amount of any payments) are subject to mutual and legally binding confidentiality obligations. These are standard in compromise agreements entered into under section 203 of the Employment Rights Act 1996
6. If payments were made after the conviction of Goodman and Mulcaire who, at News International, would have known about them? (Q1579)
All employment-related claims at News International are managed by News International's Director of Legal Affairs, in conjunction with a human resources executive, in this case News International's Director of Human Resources. News International's then Executive Chairman, Les Hinton, was aware of the claims and the terms of their settlement. I and Tom Crone were broadly aware of the claims and the fact that they were settled, but not of the terms of the settlement.
If we find earlier Mulcaire-related payments we will send you a correction to 03 above.
We have now answered all the outstanding questions from the Committee on Tuesday 21st July and trust that this now brings to a close our involvement in your Committee's proceedings.