Civil Servant Oliver Robbins Recalled By MPs

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 9:45 PM

Oliver Robbins is being hauled back by a disgruntled committee after he failed to reply questions and abide by with an MP's order.

Civil Servant Oliver Robbins Recalled By MPs

A senior civil servant who was kicked out of the Residence Affairs Choose Committee for giving "unsatisfactory" proof has been told to return after failing to chase the chairman's orders.

Oliver Robbins was asked to leave the hearing after MPs grew increasingly frustrated with his inability to reply questions about the Residence Office on Tuesday.

Chairman Keith Vaz had told him to return to the dept and obtain the answers for the committee by 6pm that evening but he failed to comply.

Now, the second permanent secretary to the Residence Office will be hauled back in front of the committee on twentieth April.

Mister Robbins had sidestepped repeated questions about whether the head of the Border Force, Sir Charles Montgomery, had been told what his budget was for the year.

Sky'south Chief Political Correspondent Jon Craig described the mandarin'south performance as "awful" - as he'd "muttered, mumbled and given barely audible monosyllabic answers" during his 20-minute ordeal.

Sir Charles, who reports to Mister Robbins, previously told the committee he expected to know the figure by the start of the financial year.

But Mister Robbins insisted it was "not simple to reply it in a ordinary yes or no".

Mister Vaz had also threatened to keep the civil servant in contempt during the heated hearing.

The committee chairman has warned he intends to grumble about Mister Robbins' conduct to the Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood.

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