If people had been held to account over problems with IRIS we might not have had to pay out the toilet tax.
That was the claim in the House of Keys from Peter Karran (Lib Van, Onchan) who hit out at the payment of confidential out-of-court settlements.
He said: ‘Instead of having to pay out in toilet tax we might be able to give more money back if we were prepared to expose the wrongdoing that was done.’
Treasury Minister Eddie Teare disputed the sums quoted by the Onchan MHK. He said a claim against Ove Arup & Partners Ltd for consultancy services relating to the IRIS scheme was resolved in an out-of-court settlement which contained a confidentiality clause.
‘Why is there a refusal to deal with the issues of where the taxpayer has been severely ripped off,’ asked Mr Karran.
Mr Teare replied: ‘There is no attempt to cover up anything at all. The other party asked for a confidentiality agreement and on advice it was thought preferable to agree to that as part of the overall agreement, an agreement which has generated funds for the taxpayer and also helped to avoid protracted and expensive legal proceedings.’