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BYERS MUST SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON RESIGNATIONS ROW – FOSTER

Bath MP Don Foster today called on Transport Secretary Stephen Byers to set the record straight on the resignations of Martin Sixsmith and Jo Moore.

Main Image Don Foster, Stephen Byers’ opposite number in the House of Commons, put forward a series of Parliamentary Questions in which he challenged the Transport Secretary to sort out confusion over the ‘Burying of Bad News’ fiasco.

Mr Foster called for Byers to make a Commons statement on the resignations, and to place all relevant minutes and correspondence (including copies of the resignation letters) in the Commons Library.

Mr Foster said:

“There is a clear breakdown in relationships between senior officials at the DTLR.

“Stephen Byers should stop digging and start setting the record straight. He should tell us exactly what has been going on in his Department. Clearly, the relevant minutes and correspondence should be made public. This whole episode underlines the need for new legislation on the Civil Service.

“The Transport Secretary has not got to grips with the crises on the railways, the London Underground and in the skies.

“Stephen Byers continually says that he’s prepared to take tough decisions, but he seems increasingly unwilling to take responsibility for his failure to deliver decent public transport.

“One tough decision - to hand in his resignation - could go a very long way towards restoring the confidence of the public, and his Department.”

Notes to Editors follows…

Notes to Editors:
• Don Foster MP has tabled a Private Notice Question on recent developments in the DTLR.
• Mr Foster has tabled the following Written Parliamentary Questions:
1. If he will make a statement on the timetable of events corresponding to the resignation from his department on 15th February 2002 of (a) the DTLR Director of Communications and (b) his own special advisor.
2. If he will place in the Library of the House copies of all correspondence between himself and his permanent secretary since 11th February 2002, regarding (a) the role and conduct of the department’s Director of Communications; (b) the role and conduct of his own special advisor; and (c) the resignation of (i) the department’s Director of Communications and (ii) his own special advisor; and if he will make a statement.
3. If he will place in the Library of the House the minutes from all formal meetings which have taken place since 11th February 2002 between himself and (a) the department’s Permanent Secretary; (b) the department’s Director of Communications; (c) his own special advisor; (d) the Prime Minister; (e) the Prime Minister’s Director of Communications; regarding (i) the role and conduct and (ii) the resignation of (1) the department’s Director of Communications and (2) his own special advisor; and if he will make a statement.
4. If he will list the time and date of all meetings which have taken place since 11th February 2002 between himself and (a) the department’s Permanent Secretary; (b) the department’s Director of Communications; (c) his own special advisor; (d) the Prime Minister; (e) the Prime Minister’s Director of Communications; regarding (i) the role and conduct and (ii) the resignation of (1) the department’s Director of Communications and (2) his own special advisor.
5. If he will place in the Library of the House the letters of resignation from his department from (1) the department’s Director of Communications and (2) his own special advisor received on or after 15th February 2002.
6. If he will state the date and time at which (a) he personally; (b) his department’s permanent secretary; accepted either (a) a letter or (b) verbal notice of resignation from his department from (1) the department’s Director of Communications and (2) his own special advisor on 15th February 2002.
7. If he will place in the Library of the House copies of all correspondence since 11th February 2002 between himself and (a) the department's Director of Communications; (b) his own special advisor; (c) the Prime Minister; (d) the Prime Minister's Director of Communications; regarding (i) the role and conduct and (ii) the resignation of (1) the department's Director of Communications and (2) his own special advisor; and if he will make a statement.
8. If he will place in the Library of the House the minutes from all formal meetings which have taken place since 11th February 2002 between the department's Permanent Secretary; and (a) the department's Director of Communications; (b) his own special advisor; (c) the Prime Minister; (d) the Prime Minister's Director of Communications; regarding (i) the role and
conduct and (ii) the resignation of (1) the department's Director of Communications and (2) his own special advisor; and if he will make a statement.
9. If he will list the time and date of all meetings which have taken place since 11th February 2002 between the department's Permanent Secretary; and (a) the department's Director of Communications; (b) his own special advisor; (c) the Prime Minister; (d) the Prime Minister's Director of Communications; regarding (i) the role and conduct and (ii) the resignation of (1) the department's Director of Communications and (2) his own special advisor.
ENDS.

This article published: 18/09/2023

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