Friday, 9 October 2009

Gibson seeks Mr Bean the Banker

News release
Immediate release

Deputy Convenor of the Economy Committee SNP MSP Rob Gibson says he is bemused by the disappearance of the Bank Of England's Mr Bean from a lecture he was due to give in Inverness.

Earlier this week Mr Gibson challenged the Deputy Governor (Charles Bean) of the Bank (or any other representative of the bank) to appear in front of Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee inquiry into the banking crisis. This followed a latest snub (this week) from the central bank who declared that they would not give evidence to the inquiry.

However it transpired that later on this month their Deputy Governor was due to present a lecture in Inverness at UHI Millennium Institute. However Mr Bean has since cancelled the engagement without explanation.

The Highlands and Islands Members said….

"It is a shame that Mr Bean will not be in Inverness this month as I had planned to ask him in person why he or anyone else from the bank refuses to appear in front of the committee."

"I hope that that prospect hasn't influenced the decision of Mr Bean to pull out of the lecture. But again I would ask him why he or someone from the Bank does not feel the need appear in front of the Committee."

"Their information would be a vital strand in the overall inquiry which has already taken evidence from the BBC's Robert Peston, and will receive written from the Treasury as will addressed by the Financial Services Authority in due course."


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