Gwent troubled

February 20, 1998

Labour MP Llew Smith has called for the board of Gwent Tertiary College to be sacked over alleged mishandling of European Social Fund grants. The college could be forced to pay back Pounds 1 million of grants to the European Union pending the results of an inspection by the Department for Education and Employment's verification and audit team.

In a Commons debate this week, Mr Smith, MP for Gwent, claimed mismanagement was to blame for the college's financial "chaos" and called for legislation to allow colleges to be run by "elected and accountable" local authorities.

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