Politics – Andersens counters curry favour accusations, reports Phillip Inman

Arthur Andersen hit back this week at claims it tried to gain government favour by not billing Treasury minister Geoffrey Robinson for work done during his investigation by a parliamentary watchdog, writes Phillip Inman.

Robinson escaped punishment last week after facing questions from the Commons Committee on Standards and Privileges for failing to register paid directorships.

Andersens decided not to bill Robinson for examining 20 boxes of records of Hollis Industries, a Robert Maxwell-owned company that collapsed in 1991, and for whom Andersens acted as administrators.

The firm established there was no recorded #200,000 payment to Robinson.

An Andersens’ spokesman said it could not bill the minister because insolvency rules banned administrators working for ex-directors while the administration was active.

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