The co-chairs of the investigation into Carillion’s failure are seeking further evidence


Source: elliot-brown-carillion-birmingham

The MPs behind the inquiry into Carillion’s collapse have written to more than 20 people including business secretary Greg Clark, work and pensions secretary Esther McVey and former chief executive Richard Howson asking them to comment on their findings published last week.

The work and pensions and business committees have written to all the witnesses, as well as interested groups, from the inquiry telling them to get responses back by early July.

The letters include a request to the former treasury committee chair and incoming head of the Competition & Markets Authority, Andrew Tyrie, to launch a review of the Big Four accounting firms, including the possibility of breaking them up, at the earliest opportunity.

The letter asked Tyrie to “demonstrate what a new broom you are at the CMA, by asking your staff to initiate that review as soon as possible”.

In their letter to Tyrie co-chairs Rachel Reeves and Frank Field said “it looked increasingly inevitable that the CMA would conduct a review” of the Big Four firms.

They wrote: “Since our report was published, Bill Michael, chairman KPMG UK, said his firm had been thinking about break-up scenarios ’for some time’ as the current business model of the Big Four is ’unsustainable’.

“Other Big four firms have reportedly begun making preparations for a break-up.”

The MPs have also written to Sir John Kingman, who is chairing the government’s independent review of the Financial Reporting Council, asking him to include the question of whether FRC leadership is equipped to effect the cultural change laid out in the inquiry’s findings within his review.

Reeves and Field have also sent a series of questions to the chair of The Pensions Regulator (TPR), Mark Boyle.

They expressed their disappointment at the “modest” scope of some targets in TPR’s latest corporate plan. 

They also noted that secretary of state Esther McVey has confirmed her desire to see a regulator that is “tougher, clearer, quicker”, and ask how TPR’s board intends both to evaluate the performance of the current chief executive,  and what the criteria will be for either reappointing or reappointing the next one.

All parties have been asked to provide their feedback to the inquiry’s findings and answers to further questions by 4 July, with Field and Reeves saying they “intend to invite the committees to agree to publish those responses in full in a special report” before the summer recess.

Contacted witnesses and stakeholders


Alison Horner


Chair of remuneration committee

Andrew Dougal


Non-executive director and chair of audit committee

Carolyn Fairbairn

Confederation of British Industry

Director general

Nick Owen

Deloitte UK & Switzerland


Emma Mercer


Finance director

Esther McVey

Department for Work and Pensions

Secretary of state

Steve Varley


Chairman and UK&I Managing Partner 

Andrew Bailey

Financial Conduct Authority

Chief executive

Stephen Haddrill

Financial Reporting Council

Chief executive

Mike Cherry

Federation of Small Businesses

National chairman

Michael Izza

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Chief executive

Stephen Martin

Institute of Directors

Director general

Keith Cochrane


Interim chief executive

Bill Michael 


Chairman and senior partner

Philip Green



Richard Adam


Former finance director

Richard Howson


Former chief executive

Robin Ellison

Carillion (DB) Pension Trustee Limited


Sarah Albon

Insolvency Service

Chief executive

Frances O’Grady

Trade Union Congress

General secretary

Zafar Khan


Former finance director

Greg Clark

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Secretary of state

Andrew Tyrie

Competition & Markets Authority


Sir John Kingman

Independent Review of the Financial Reporting Council


Mark Boyle

The Pensions Regulator

Non-executive chair

Source: Carillion inquiry