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Department puts the record straight/refutes allegations made by Braddan Clerk 7 June 2006

The Department for Local Government and the Environment has strongly refuted allegations made by the Clerk to Braddan Parish Commissioners, Mr C.S. Lewin, that it may have deliberately withheld information from the recent Public Inquiry into the affairs of the Commissioners. The allegations were made by Mr Lewin during last Sunday’s Sunday Opinion programme on Manx Radio when he alleged that a letter from the Department’s Chief Executive on the 6th August 1990, regarding his appointment as Clerk, had not been made available to the Inquiry Chairman.

The Department has taken the opportunity of checking with the Inquiry Chairman, Mr Roger Rawcliffe, FCA, who has confirmed that his Inquiry team was aware of the contents of the August 1990 letter and had fully investigated all the issues raised in it. Indeed, the contents of the letter had also been replicated in the Commissioners` minutes, details of which had also been scrutinised by Mr Rawcliffe and his advisers. Furthermore, specific reference to the relevant minute is actually made in paragraph 2.3.1 of the Inquiry Report.

Minister John Rimington stated “ I would strongly refute these latest allegations and view them as yet another attempt to mislead the ratepayers of Braddan and the public in general.”

The Department is also concerned about the unusual situation whereby an officer who was personally involved in the matters investigated by the Public Inquiry appears to have been acting as the local authority’s official spokesperson even though his appearance on Manx Radio calling for the Inquiry to be re-opened does not appear to have been formally approved by the Commissioners.

For further information please contact:

Mr John Rimington MHK
(Tel: 685859)

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