Chief Executive's report on 'Accidental Director', As Given To Chairman Of Scrutiny Committee
Dear Swindon Borough Council,
Title summary: A copy of the Chief Executive's report into Director of Business Transformation, (Hitesh Patel), 'accidental' directorship of Digital City (UK) Ltd was given to the Chairman of Swindon Borough Council Scrutiny Committee: Cllr Derique Montaut
My freedom of information request is directed to the Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee, Councillor Derique Montaut.
The Scrutiny committee of Swindon Borough Council has spent a considerable amount of committee time scrutinising the Public/Private partnership between Swindon Borough Council and Digital City (UK) Limited and hearing and answering representations from members of the public who have expressed serious concerns over many aspects of the partnership, often submitting public record documents to demonstrate that their concerns are supported by facts.
There remains considerable public interest in the Chief Executive's report into Hitesh Patel's, (Swindon Borough Council Director of Business Transformation), supposedly 'accidental' directorship of Digital City (UK)Ltd, which began before the Council lent Digital City (UK) Ltd £450,000 of public funds, but remained undisclosed to the Council for more than 5 months until his Directorship of the company was exposed by members of the public.
I understand that in March 2010 a copy of the Chief executive's report (mentioned above) was given to the Chairman of Swindon Borough Council Scrutiny Committee, Councillor Derique Montaut and it is therefore to him that my questions are directed:
1. On what date did the Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee, (Councillor Derique Montaut), receive the report into Hitesh Patel's 'accidental' directorship of Digital City (UK) Ltd?
2. Did the chairman of the Scrutiny Committee agree to any pre-conditions of confidentiality before he read the report?
2a. If so, what were the terms of confidentiality?
2b. Did Councillor Montaut agree with them?
2c. Did Councillor Montaut comply with them?
2d. Who requested or imposed those terms of confidentiality?
3. Did the Chairman of the scrutiny committee, (Councillor Derique Montaut), show or discuss the contents of the report with any other members of the Scrutiny committee?
3a. Did the Chairman of the scrutiny committee, (Councillor Derique Montaut), show or discuss the contents of the report with any other elected members or employees of Swindon Borough Council?
3b. Did the Chairman of the scrutiny committee, (Councillor Derique Montaut), show or discuss the contents of the report with any members of the general public?
4. Did the Chairman of the scrutiny committee, (Councillor Derique Montaut), show or discuss the contents of the report with the political assistant to the Labour Group of Swindon Borough Council?
5. Has the Chairman of the scrutiny committee, (Councillor Derique Montaut), been approached by any other elected members, employees of Swindon Borough Council, or members of the general public who wished to discuss the contents of the report with him?
Does the Chairman of the scrutiny committee, (Derique Montaut), know:
6. How many copies of the report exist?
6a. Who has each copy?
6b. Whether other holders of the report have discussed its contents with other elected members, or employees, of Swindon Borough Council?
7. Does the Chairman of the scrutiny committee, (Derique Montaut), accept the findings of the report and believe the statements made within are factually correct and honestly presented?
8. Does the Chairman of the scrutiny committee, (Derique Montaut), believe that, in light of the high level of public interest in, and scrutiny of, the public/private partnership, that the report should be fully examined and discussed by the scrutiny committee in an open and accurately minuted meeting of the committee?
9. Does Councillor Montaut believe the statements made within the report are factually correct and credible?
10. If the chairman of the Scrutiny committee still has a copy of the report would he please supply a copy to me.
11. If the chairman of the Scrutiny committee no longer has a copy of the report will he be requesting another copy?
12. If the Chairman of the scrutiny committee were to acquire another copy of the report, is he confident that he remains sufficiently familiar with the original copy that he would spot any changes made to the newer copy?
Thank you for your email which has been forwarded to the FOI office for response.
Swindon Borough Council
Wat Tyler House
Swindon SN1 2JG
Phone: 01793 445500
E-mail: [Swindon Borough Council request email]
Dear Mr Reid,
Please find the attached response to your request.
Sharon Druett ([email address])
Freedom of Information Officer
Law and Democratic Services
Swindon Borough Council
Tel: 01793 463377
Fax: 01793 463405
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Dear Sharon Druett,
Many thanks to yourself and Councillor Derique Montaut for the prompt answers tom y questions.
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