In December 2009, Acton sent Muir Russell an email agreeing that Muir Russell would lead the inquiry. The language of the email is not definitive, but gives the impression that a budget of £ 40,000 was contemplated. (Excerpt below, see link for “full” agreement.)
As noted in correspondence on the earlier thread, Acton referred to an email sent earlier that day. David Holland sent a supplementary request for the earlier email (as it pertained to the contract). The University denied that it possessed the email.
Last month, Holland obtained the final cost of the Muir Russell inquiry – nearly £300,000.
While the increase in expenditures is paltry compared to Muir Russell’s oversight of Holyrood construction, which increased 10-fold from £40 million to £414 million, Muir Russell doesn’t seem to have lost his reverse Midas touch.
Muir Russell personally collected the amount that the university seems to have contemplated for the entire inquiry, but, as noted elsewhere, was not sufficiently interested to even attend the only two interviews with Jones and Briffa after the composition of the panel was announced in Feb 2010, leaving the interviews to Geoffrey Boulton, the most controversial participant on the panel.