Inspectors finally deliver report into Rover collapse

Author: By Matthew Cooper, Press Association

The MP for Birmingham Northfield, Richard Burden, said it was “incredibly
frustrating” that the report had taken so long to complete and also
expressed his concern that it had cost the taxpayer almost £16 million.

In a reply to a parliamentary question tabled by Mr Burden, Business Minister
Ian Lucas confirmed that inspectors delivered their report to the Business
Secretary on June 11.

Mr Lucas informed the Northfield MP, whose constituency includes almost all of
the former MG Rover site, that the total cost of the inquiry had risen to
£15,922,838.

In his written answer, the Business Minister acknowledged that the cost of the
“complex” inquiry had been very high and said the Government would carefully
consider the approach to similar inquiries in the future with a view to
minimising expense to the taxpayer.

Calling on the Government to make the findings of the report public as quickly
as possible, Mr Burden said: “Like everybody else in the area I have found
it incredibly frustrating that we have had to wait so long for this report.

“The escalating cost of the inquiry has also been a matter of real concern to
so many people, including me.

“Hopefully the contents of the report will provide some answers to why it has
cost so much and I certainly welcome the Government’s commitment to try to
minimise the cost of any similar inquiries in the future.

“But the important thing now is to know what the report contains and I hope
the Government will be able to make a statement on that as soon as
possible.”

The independent inquiry was established to investigate what led to the
collapse of MG Rover with the loss of around 6,000 jobs in 2005.

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