Paymaster General


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Paymaster General

The head of the Office of HM Paymaster General, which is the department of the British government holding accounts at the Bank of England that appropriates funds for the various functions of government. That is, he/she is responsible for paying British departments and public servants. The paymaster general is appointed by the monarch on the advice of the prime minister.
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The company was found to have hidden in its books huge compensation payments to Ford for failed car parts but Mr Robinson said he knew nothing about them and had left the business to join the Government as Paymaster General before the period in question.
A PROBE is to be held into the multi-million pound collapse of a firm linked to former Paymaster General Geoffrey Robinson.
The former paymaster general said he was first made aware of the fraud investigation in yesterday's Evening Telegraph and was also "ignorant" of the Ford deal.
The former Paymaster General has been given a three-week suspension from the Commons after being found guilty of trying to mislead an investigation into his finances.
Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers was yesterday challenged to publish a report on claims that former Paymaster General Geoffrey Robinson misled Parliament over an alleged pounds 200,000 payment from disgraced tycoon Robert Maxwell.
Mr Robinson resigned as Paymaster General and Mr Mandelson left the job of Trade Secretary a year ago.
Mandelson, who remains a close friend of Tony Blair, was forced to quit last Christmas after it was revealed he failed to disclose a pounds 373,000 loan from the then Paymaster General Geoffrey Robinson.
The multi-millionaire Labour MP had to stand down when he was appointed Paymaster General after the 1997 general election, and his place was taken by accountant Brenda Stone, who remains on the board.
The former Paymaster General was rapped by a Commons sleaze watchdog for misleading MPs over his business links with the late Robert Maxwell.
Trade Secretary Stephen Byers was yesterday taking legal advice over claims about his handling of an official report concerning former Paymaster General Geoffrey Robinson.
His glittering career crashed after he admitted taking a pounds 373,000 loan from Paymaster General Geoffrey Robinson to pay for the house, in London's trendy Notting Hill.
It revealed that it has received an average of pounds 3,000 a month to promote a firm owned by former Paymaster General Geoffrey Robinson.