Select Committee on the Crossrail Bill Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 6871 - 6879)

Ordered that Counsel and Parties be called in.

  6871. CHAIRMAN: Ms Lieven, I gather you wanted to say a word.

  6872. MS LIEVEN: Yes, my Lord. Before I turn to the Petitions to be dealt with today, I have been asked to make a brief statement. The Promoters have been asked by the Canary Wharf Group, CWG, to clarify some of the remarks that I made in committee during the hearing of their Petition on 19 March.

  6873. Specifically, they are very concerned that my remarks, recorded in paragraphs 6177 and 6193 of the transcript, that we did not accept the accuracy of some of the statements made by Mr Anderson, who was the witness on behalf of CWG, the Committee will remember, may have led the Committee to doubt the veracity of his evidence. On review of the full transcript of Mr Anderson's evidence, we accept that those remarks were not justified and withdraw them unconditionally. The Promoters apologise to the Committee and to CWG for any concern that those remarks may have caused.

  6874. CHAIRMAN: That is a factual correction?

  6875. MS LIEVEN: That is a factual correction, my Lord, but it is not a correction to typographical errors, so it needed to be read out in that way.

  6876. CHAIRMAN: Well, I am so glad to have some company!

  6877. LORD JAMES OF BLACKHEATH: Can we just have a quick look and see what it is that is being corrected? Is that possible?

  6878. MS LIEVEN: It is at 6177 and 6193 of the transcript of 19 March. We have put on the screen 6177.1

  6879. LORD JAMES OF BLACKHEATH: Really I think it is the 6193 one which has the weight in it, the difference between the two paragraphs being that in the first one you say there are things that you do not agree with which do not matter and in the second one you are saying that there are things you do not agree with which do matter.

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