02 April 1998
Intervention Board chief accused
over accounts ‘mess’

THE head of the Intervention Board, George Trevelyan, faced accusations of presiding over a “massive, great, incompetent, managerial mess”, in relation to its accounts.

The Intervention Board distributes billions of pounds of European Union subsidies and its workload increased substantially when it had to handle compensation for the bovine spongiform encephalopathy crisis.

Charles Wardle MP, a member of the Commons public accounts committee which was considering a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) that qualified the boards 1996-97 accounts after finding a “failure to maintain accurate and fully reconciled books of account”, asked Trevelyan if he had considered resigning. Trevelyan said he had not.

The NAO had found that the board was unable to account for £30 million out of £4.2bn of transactions during the year.

Trevelyan blamed a new computerised system and the increased workload created by BSE.

  • Financial Times 02/04/98 page 10