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LEADER ASKS HOW HUMBERSIDE CONCEDED COSTLY COURT DEFEAT

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Humberside CC is facing a legal bill running into millions after it conceded defeat in the high court and agreed a ...
Humberside CC is facing a legal bill running into millions after it conceded defeat in the high court and agreed a settlement with BET catering - but the council leader has called for an inquiry into how the authority came to concede judgment to the firm halfway through the court case.

The Yorkshire Post reported (14 Oct p1) that council leader Maggie Smith said after the case that urgent action was needed to find out what went wrong.

'I will be meeting the chief executive on Monday to draw up a list of poeple who could carry out a full and independent inquiry'.

'The court case was brought by BET and we thought it right and proper to defend it. But during the case, certain statements made it apparent that it was pointless to continue.

'We want to know what went wrong. It is only right and proper that we should be doing so as it is public money we are talking about.'

The Post reports that Humberside CC agreed to make an immediate payment of £3m to BET Catering Services Ltd - with further damages of up to £5m..

Cllr Smith said the council would find the money from its contingencies budget.

BET Catering's managing director Jim Walker said the company regretted having to resort to legal action but he was pleased that the matter had been settled.

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