郵局醜聞。地平線合同存在 "致命的缺陷

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郵局醜聞。地平線合同存在 "致命的缺陷

"我想對所發生的事情表示誠摯的遺憾,並對有關人員所遭受的傷害表示歉意。他說:"我們必須盡我們所能,確保這種情況不再發生。

他說,有一個協議,新政府的成員不能看到提供給前政府的文件或文件,所以這意味着他和他的同僚們不能看到招標過程的任何細節或與地平線公司已經遇到的任何困難。

在他的證詞中,他指出,人們已經 "非常清楚 "地認識到,取消該項目將對英國的關係產生重大影響,不僅是與當時的大投資者富士通的關係,而且是與經營英國汽車廠的日產和豐田等其他日本跨國公司的關係。

他還說,郵局網絡的自動化被視為對其未來至關重要,而且有必要開發一個類似的項目,這可能需要幾年時間,並花費更多資金。

前首相托尼-布萊爾在周四接受調查的書面證據中說,雖然他對當時的事件 "回憶非常有限",但他確實記得有人對地平線的可靠性提出了一些擔憂。

"我記得我明確表示,如果項目的問題只與商業方面有關,那麼我願意繼續努力,試圖找到一條前進的道路,但如果對產品的可靠性有擔憂,那麼我們就不應該這樣做。我記得我後來收到了關於可靠性的必要保證,"他寫道。


"I would like to offer my sincere regrets for what has occurred and to say sorry for the hurt suffered by those involved. We must do all we can to ensure this never happens again," he said.

He said there was a protocol where members of a new government weren't able to see documents or papers provided to the previous administration, so this meant he and his fellow ministers weren't able to see any details of the tendering process or any difficulties already experienced with Horizon.

In his witness statement, he noted that it had been made "very clear" that cancelling would have major repercussions for the UK's relationship, not only with Fujitsu, a big investor at the time, but also with other Japanese multinationals like Nissan and Toyota who operated UK car plants.

He also said that automation of the Post Office network was seen as vital to its future and that it would have been necessary to develop a similar programme, which could have taken several years and cost even more money.

In written evidence heard by the inquiry on Thursday, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said that while he had "very limited recollection" of the events around that time, he did remember some concerns were raised about Horizon's reliability.

"I recall making clear that if the problems with the project related solely to commercial aspects then I was content to continue to work to try to find a way forward, but if there were concerns about product reliability then we should not. I recall that I subsequently received the necessary reassurances as to reliability," he wrote.

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