In the first week of October loyal readers may recall that I wrote about Lin Homer's "Breakfast Briefing" on 18 October at the Whitehall and Industry Group (WIG), where:
"Homer will talk about the department’s challenges around efficiency and building trust whilst ensuring their activities are as transparent as possible. Lin will further provide an update on HMRC's transformation and their agenda for the coming years."WIG asked that people who wished to attend should register with them.
Step forward one loyal reader (a professional accountant) who wrote to me that he did just that, and received a confirmation of registration on 5 October:
"From: WIG Response [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 05 October 2012 16:36
Subject: Re: Breakfast Briefing: Lin Homer CB, Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary, HM Revenue & Customs - The Whitehall & Industry Group
Thank you for your application which is now being processed by the WIG team.
Please make any replies to email@example.com as this mailbox is un-attended.
80 Petty France London SW1H 9EX Tel: 020 7222 1166 Fax: 020 7222 1167 Web: www.wig.co.uk"Unfortunately things then went rather quiet, and my loyal reader heard nothing. He duly wrote back to them on 17 October, and asked if the event was still going ahead. Here is the reply he received, on the same day, from the events co-ordinator:
"Many thanks for your email, I have just taken over this event from a colleague. I am sorry to say we are fully booked for the event, and cannot accommodate you this time.Does it not seem strange, to say the least, that he received no advice until then that his booking could not be accommodated?
I hope you can appreciate this event was very popular, and spaces limited"
A cynic might wonder if the attendees were vetted, in order to ensure there were no embarrassing questions.
Anyhoo, be that as it may, did anyone actually manage to attend this and if so what was said?
It goes without saying that if there are minutes of the meeting floating around, I would be more than delighted to post them on this site.
A list of attendees would also be rather interesting too!
Tax does have to be taxing.
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