Jersey States 'sent bill by witness firm BDO'

Haut de la Garenne
Image caption Police began an investigation into alleged abuse at Haut de la Garenne in 2006

An accountancy company sent a bill to the States for appearing as a witness at hearings into the cost of an abuse inquiry, it has been claimed.

Deputy Trevor Pitman said his Education and Home Affairs sub-panel received a bill for £14,000 from BDO Jersey.

The panel was reviewing the BDO report on the financial management of the inquiry into child abuse in Jersey.

No-one from BDO Jersey was available for comment, but a constable said the company has not demanded payment.

Deputy Pitman said: "This company was attempting to charge scrutiny £14,000, reduced from £26,000, for attending a two hours scrutiny hearing and they have been obstructive from the start."

But Constable Juliette Gallichan, Chairman of the Privileges and Procedures committee, said the matter was a misunderstanding over who was making a statement about the review and a perceived conflict of interest involving the panel chairman.

She said the company had not pursued the matter of payment since it was originally brought up.

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