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Recommendations of experts not disclosed

PLP's Dennis Lister (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Progressive Labour Party MP Dennis Lister was criticised by the Commission of Inquiry for the part he played in two capital projects.

The former Minister of Works and Engineering’s failure to disclose to Cabinet the technical officers’ recommendation of which firm should be awarded the Dame Lois Browne-Evans project was highlighted in the report.

However, the commission made no finding of “possible criminal activity”.

Meanwhile, the panel found that under Mr Lister’s watch the contract for the maintenance and stores building was awarded without Cabinet approval and contrary to the recommendation of technical officers in the department.

The report said: “There was no documentation, such as Cabinet conclusion, for the decision not to accept the lowest bid.”

The Commission also expressed concern that neither Mr Lister nor his permanent secretary Derrick Binns were able to recall the circumstances surrounding the award of the contract.

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