Earlier this week the Commons Public Accounts Committee published its report on BT's rollout of the rural broadband programme.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper believes issues highlighted by Public Accounts Committee reflect many of the unanswered questions on the original One Connect Limited agreement done under the previous Conservative Administration at Lancashire County Council and BT.
One particular statement from the Public Accounts committee could have equally applied to One connect Limited.
“...we see the lack of transparency on costs and BT’s insistence on non-disclosure agreements as symptomatic of BT’s exploiting its monopoly position to the detriment of the taxpayer.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It’s clear from the Public Accounts Committee report that the secrecy surrounding One Connect Limited deal has been happening nationally. This shows why the proposals to include a Freedom of Information requirement in the contracts with private companies providing public services is essential.
“It’s just a pity this power wasn’t available when the One connect Limited deal was signed. We may have been in different position and known more about what Cllr Driver signed off in the name of Lancashire taxpayers.