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Privatisation Of Crown Suppliers Transport

EDM number 364 in 1990-91, proposed by DN Campbell-Savours on 29/01/1991.

That this House notes a series of parliamentary replies from the Parliamentary Secretary, Department of the Environment, dated 24th January relating to the sale of Crown Suppliers transport section and investigations into the activities of civil servant Mr Bill Pinkney the prospective buyer; notes the evasive nature of the Ministerial reply, Official Report, column 27, which refers to `the Crown Suppliers following up the matters arising from that audit'; notes that under the general heading of `Disciplinary matters', the Crown Suppliers after a full investigation in 1990 did find that the level of Mr Pinkney's behaviour fell below the level which was expected of an official; notes that the investigation found overpayments, dubious entries, unauthorised payments and a failure to declare a conflict of interest with a company called Turnbulls; notes that the Chief Executive of Crown Suppliers did consider formal charges but decided not to proceed with them as Ministers did not wish to prejudice the sale of the transport section to Mr Bill Pinkney and his associates; notes that attempts by senior civil servants under instruction from Ministers to hide away the nature of irregularities and disciplinary offences were orchestrated so as to avoid embarrassment to the Government; questions the role of Shandwick, the public relations company, in preparing grossly misleading press releases relating to the sell off to a so-called management buy-out which is not a buy-out at all but an offer funded by a North of England second hand car dealer; and unreservedly condemns Ministers for their shameful actions.

This motion has been signed by a total of 16 MPs.

Dale Campbell-Savours29/01/1991WorkingtonProposed
John McAllion30/01/1991Dundee EastSigned
Bill Michie30/01/1991Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Norman Godman31/01/1991Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Harry Barnes01/02/1991North East DerbyshireSigned
Max Madden04/02/1991Bradford WestSigned
Alan Meale04/02/1991MansfieldSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie04/02/1991Glasgow, PollokSigned
Alice Mahon05/02/1991HalifaxSigned
Ian McCartney05/02/1991MakerfieldSigned
Tom Cox05/02/1991TootingSigned
John Cummings05/02/1991EasingtonSigned
James Wray05/02/1991Glasgow ProvanSigned
Harry Cohen06/02/1991LeytonSigned
Tommy Graham13/02/1991Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Jack Thompson14/02/1991WansbeckSigned

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