§ Mr. Tony Banks
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the rank and function of Mr. P. Graham Hewett within his Department; if he will indicate on how many occasions Mr. Hewett had meetings with(a) officials of the Port of London Authority and (b) the authority itself in the period 1 January to 31 July; and if he will indicate the purpose of such meetings and the subject matters discussed.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
Mr. Hewett is an assistant secretary currently employed in the European and general division of the Department. Between January and November this year he was seconded to the Port of London Authority at its request in connection with the financial reconstruction of the authority. The terms of his secondment and his work there were entirely for the PLA; Mr. Hewett, during his endorsement, did not report to my Department.