§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the President of the Board of Trade how he secured the secondment of Professor Peter Moizer; what are the terms of the secondment, its objectives and its cost to his Department; whether Professor Moizer will seek public evidence or hold public hearings in making his report; and if his final report will be made public.
§ Mr. Neil Hamilton
Professor Moizer was engaged after a normal competitive tendering process to assist my Department in its review of the monitoring regimes of the recognised supervisory bodies for company auditors. The professor accepted a standard DTI contract of service; it is not my Department's policy to reveal the cost of individual contract engagements. Professor Moizer has submitted his report to the Department. I believe that it will be useful to all concerned if, in due course, as much of the report as possible is made public.