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Public Audit Committee

Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser told the Public Audit Committee on 3 November 2010, it may have to recall Scotland's former head civil servant Sir John Elvidge, after concerns were raised over the quality of his evidence given to the inquiry into the Gathering.

The troubled Highland clans event, which took place in Edinburgh last year, was given a £180,000 Scottish government loan but the company running it collapsed, with debts of about £516,000 and the loan was written off.

Attempts were then made by the Scottish government and Edinburgh City Council to save The Gathering 2009 Ltd.

Last month, Sir John told the committee there had been a clear understanding Edinburgh City Council would take on the private debt liabilities by taking on the company.

But Director of corporate services Jim Inch told MSPs: "I think the bit that's missing from Sir John's evidence is the part of the discussion that was around the council not being financially disadvantaged in any way by taking on this role."

Mr Inch said a number of ways of allowing money to move from Government to council to cover the debts were discussed but no solution was found.

Committee deputy convener Murdo Fraser said: "It may be we have to recall Sir John Elvidge to get clarity on this because it seems he's only given us a partial picture of what happened."


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