Opposition whip Joe Mizzi – who had raised the issue of the disposal of toxic chemicals by Enemalta known as mercaptan – told the House Public Accounts Committee on Tuesday he no longer had available the documents that he had quoted from to the committee as he had passed them back to the source.

Committee will start hearing 16 witnesses next month

The committee, chaired by Labour MP Charles Mangion, was discussing the Enemalta report on the case, drawn up in December last year.

This report was laid on the Table of the House in April.

The committee will start hearing 16 witnesses – including representatives from Mepa, Wasteserv and Enemalta – during three meetings next month. Mr Mizzi asked for the tender documents to be made available to the committee.

Finance Minister Tonio Fenech said he had no objection to this request but he believed that it would be better to focus on the mercaptan issue and discuss the tender procedures separately.

Dr Mangion said that if it resulted that there had been abuses in the tender evaluation, then the Auditor General would be called to investigate.

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