Cllr Gordon Murray told The Herald (p6): 'I am very surprised at the form the inquiry appears to be taking - and the speed with which it has proceeded.
'Until I am interviewed next week, I don't know what line the inquiry is going to take, but at the moment I am very apprehensive.'
But Harry McGuigan, Labour group leader on North Lanarkshire says: 'It is right that this investigation should happen quickly so that we can get on with the job that we were elected to do. As far as we are concerned we have acted in the proper and correct say and we can do no more than that.'
It was set up following complaints to the Staff Commission and Unison that five former Motherwell district officials had won jobs to the North Lanarkshire UA.