MP quizzes Prescott on newspaper claims

PUBLISHED: 11:55 11 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:09 06 May 2010

AN MP has submitted questions to the Deputy Prime Minister s office about a company s involvement in regeneration in the area. Oliver Heald, MP for Hertfordshire North East, has asked questions about Stevenage-based RISE Associates following claims in a

AN MP has submitted questions to the Deputy Prime Minister's office about a company's involvement in regeneration in the area.

Oliver Heald, MP for Hertfordshire North East, has asked questions about Stevenage-based RISE Associates following claims in a national newspaper that its consultant Sarah Bissett Scott had an affair with John Prescott.

Mr Heald asked three questions:

* How many tenders RISE Associates have submitted to his (the Deputy Prime Minister's) department in each of the last five years, and how many were successful?

* How many applications for regeneration monies have been submitted by RISE Associates to his department and its agencies in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what the value is of those which were successful?

* How many contracts his department holds with RISE Associates which have a potential duration of five years or more?

According to its website RISE Associates, based in Bessemer Drive, is a network of regeneration consultants specialising in research, analysis and evaluation, programme management and interim support in the South-east, London and East of England.

It says: "We work closely with local authorities and their communities, other public sector bodies and the private sector to deliver customised services for regeneration programmes."

This week Stevenage Borough Council said RISE was not involved in the West of Stevenage development.

A spokesman said: "RISE was not involved in the Stevenage West project apart from a tiny amount of work advising the council on the need for construction skills training in Stevenage."

Mr Heald is hoping to hear back from Mr Prescott within 20 days. Sarah Bissett Scott declined to comment.


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