The issues and speculation about how I handled matters in relation to the fraud committed on the Ministry of Transport during my term as CEO have made it untenable for me to continue in this role.
I deeply regret and apologise for the fraud that was committed by an accomplished fraudster when I was Secretary for Transport, prior to my appointment as Controller and Auditor-General. I wished it had never happened but I accept I am accountable for everything done in and by the Ministry when I was CEO and I am ultimately responsible. . .
I have resigned as Auditor-General because I understand the expectations associated with this role are high. It is important to me, and to the office, that the public has complete confidence in the person holding the position of Auditor-General.
This is the right thing for him to do.
What isn’t right is that the Officers of Parliament Committee which has representatives from all parties and ordered the report on Matthews’ suitability for the role given what happened at the MOT , have decided the report should not be released publicly.
The public has a right to know what is in the report not least because no-one can learn from it and make necessary changes from any mistakes made if it continues to be withheld.