Tribunal of Inquiry ‘could cost up to £250,000’
AN INDEPENDENT tribunal of inquiry into the controversy surrounding a key appointment by Education could cost up to £250,000, the president of the Scrutiny Management Committee has confirmed.
Deputy Chris Green said that his committee will submit a policy letter to be debated at the earliest opportunity by the States, formally recommending a tribunal of inquiry to investigate the circumstances around the appointment process for the new head of curriculum and standards.
He believed the only argument against a tribunal was cost, which the committee has limited to £250,000, but any other investigative method would be expensive as well.
‘I think we can contain costs to some extent. In the policy letter, which we hope to submit on Tuesday 27 August, we will have a proposition to limit cost to £250,000 for the review,’ he said.
‘Any review other than a tribunal will be fundamentally flawed from inception.’
If the States approve the policy letter, SMC said a report would be produced following the tribunal with a view of resolving the issue within the calendar year.
‘It certainly [should] not drag on any longer than that, a tribunal will likely be the quickest, most transparent and effective method and I hope States members will support the policy letter.’
In April, an interview panel voted by four-to-one in favour of an on-island candidate for the job.