Q: If it such a good suggestion, why did just one main scheme get off the bottom in your time.
Cameron says that could be a good query. He says he can’t actually reply, however the Cupboard Workplace would possibly be capable to reply, or the late Sir Jeremy Heywood, who introduced Lex Greensill into authorities as an adviser, however he’s now not with us, Cameron says.
Q: Isn’t it often because the Treasury is aware of it can price the federal government extra.
Cameron doesn’t settle for that. He says pharmacists just like the scheme.
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Con) begins.
Q: When have been you conscious of provide chain finance once you have been in workplace?
David Cameron says he doesn’t assume he met Lex Greensill till 2012. Greensill was engaged on two schemes: a challenge for the personal sector, which might assist them with money move throughout the credit score crunch, which he was in favour of; and the scheme for pharmacies.
Q: Does provide chain finance have a task within the public sector?
Cameron says the pharmacy scheme reveals it will possibly. It saved the NHS £100m. He says in idea the federal government may pay payments extra rapidly, however in observe that doesn’t occur.
And the Treasury may face a value if it paid payments earlier.
The general public accounts committee listening to with David Cameron is beginning now.
Meg Hillier, the chair, says she hopes it can solely take an hour or so.
She says the members watched the sooner listening to, and they also gained’t duplicate these questions.
There’s not a lot sympathy for David Cameron amongst the Twitter commentariat.
That is from the Impartial’s sketch author Tom Peck.
And that is from the Occasions columnist Matt Chorley.
That is from the Sunday Occasions’ Gabriel Pogrund, who has helped the paper break a few of the finest tales on Greensill.
That is from Angela Rayner, the deputy Labour chief, on David Cameron’s proof to the Treasury committee on Greensill.
David Cameron is getting a brief break. The general public accounts committee says it is not going to begin till about 5.10pm.
Mel Stride ends the session by thanking Cameron for attending and for answering questions that have been tough for him.
However there gained’t be a lot of a relaxation. Cameron might be now discovering the Zoom invite for the general public accounts committee, which is because of begin its listening to with him at 5pm.
Ali says, when Covid contracts have been being handed out, there was a separate VIP route for procurement. The Treasury mentioned no to the CCFF proposal. However the Treasury did assist Greensill get entry to CBIL (coronavirus enterprise interruption loans). She says she has no pleasure in saying a former PM has been utilized by somebody appearing as “con artist”.
Cameron says the CBIL software course of was a separate one.
Ali ends by saying it’s “bitterly disappointing” what has occurred as a result of it has been appalling for our democracy.
Ali says, having listened to Cameron’s proof, individuals can be alarmed by the way in which Cameron allowed himself for use, bringing the workplace of former PM into disrepute. He ought to have been way more cautious about due diligence, she says.
Cameron says that he takes “a distinct view”. He labored for the corporate as a result of he thought it had product, and he did due due diligence, he says.
He says earlier than he grew to become PM individuals didn’t know who was lobbying authorities.
Labour’s Rushanara Ali places it to Cameron that he didn’t do due diligence on Greensill earlier than he joined, or else he turned a blind eye to its issues. She says his repute is in tatters.
Cameron doesn’t settle for that. He says he was an adviser to the corporate. He was not on the board, he didn’t concerned in lending selections, and he was not on the credit score or danger committees, he says.
He says Greensill can’t be accused of not supporting the metal trade, and of lending an excessive amount of cash to Gupta. Maybe it ought to have been extra sceptical of Gupta, he says.
Baker says he has a “delicate” query to ask.
Q: If you have been PM, did Lex Greensill advise you on provide chain finance. And did he ever trace you would possibly get a job with him later?
Cameron says Greensill got here up with the plan for pharmacies. That was in 2012. He says he thinks he met Greensill twice. He says “at no stage did he ever counsel that I might go and work with him or for him afterwards”.
Cameron says he was a passionate fanatic for Greensill’s Earnd app as a result of he thought it might cut back the necessity for payday lending.
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