I’ve just spoken to Tony Mattar, director of Consolidated Contractors International, which pays Stephen Byers as a non-UK consultant (it also owns the unglamorous ACWAT water treatment company* that he chairs).
Mattar tells me that Byers is on an annual consultancy contract. “When it comes up for renewal, whether he would wish to continue or whether we would want to continue it I cannot tell at this stage,” he says.
CCC was set up in Lebanon but is now headquartered in Athens.
“I saw last night’s programme and it was not terribly positive as far as he (Byers) was concerned, it was rather negative, but it has not affected his consultancy with us,”says Mattar.
* ACWA is headquartered in the enchanting town of Skipton in Yorkshire, not far from my birthplace.