MLC hits back at newspaper misquoting of top boss salary

MLC bosses have hit back at the Sunday Telegraph for wrongly quoting its director general's salary as £206,000. The article was talking about the growth of Quangos under the Labour government.

MLC bosses have hit back at the Sunday Telegraph for wrongly quoting its director general's salary as £206,000.

The article was talking about the growth of Quangos under the Labour government, and alleged the groups were costing UK taxpayers almost £124bn a year.

However, MLC chairman, Peter Barr said the organisations director general, Kevin Roberts, salary for the year ending 3 March 2006 was actually £146,000.

He said: "Kevin Roberts has led his team in transforming the MLC into a more modern, efficient and effective organisation. Levy collection costs have halved as a proportion of income, MLC headcount has been reduced by 27%, £9m of commercial profits have been delivered during the last decade to supplement levy funds and he has successfully prepared the MLC for the post-levy board review landscape.

"Under his management MLC has overseen the consistent delivery of a robust image for red meat along with growth in UK consumption."

Barr also pointed to the fact Roberts also masterminded the sale of the EFSIS certification business last year, which raised a further £2.9m to supplement levy funds.

He added: "The director general is paid a fair salary for managing an organisation of this size and complexity and for carrying the legal responsibility to Parliament for its financial probity."

The Sunday Telegraph was one of a number of papers which carried reports claiming taxpayers money spent on groups like the MLC has soared 50% in the last two years to £123.8bn.

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