Controls defended

21st November 1997 at 00:00
Further Education Funding Council chief executive David Melville defended college financial controls this week after it emerged that nearlyPounds 1 million was spent on scuba diving courses later deemed unsuitable for public subsidy.

Professor Melville also defended the council's record on investigation of potentially irregular payments.

He hit out after senior MPs criticised the FEFC over details of the accounts in this year's annual report.

"There is no evidence that council funds have been misused, and the suggestion that taxpayers' money has been wasted is inaccurate," he said.

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