Answering questions and the Public Accountants Committee meeting on the Dome, Robin Young, permanent secretary at the DCMS, claimed that his department had not given indemnity against charges of trading while insolvent, but had confirmed existing indemnities.
However, David Davies, chair of the PAC referred to council received from both the Speaker’s office and the Comptroller and Auditor General which clearly stated that parliament should have been told in June that indemnity for the board of the New Millennium Experience Company had been granted.
Young apologised if the government had done wrong but believed there was no need to notify parliament as a 1996 Treasury document outlined how indemnities were given to the boards of all non-departmental public bodies.
‘Faced with such council one’s confidence dissipates,’ said Young.
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