MPs set to quiz Carillion bosses at inquiry after collapse of construction firm

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Bosses at collapsed construction giant Carillion are to be questioned by MPs next month.

Parliament’s Pensions and Business Committees have launched a joint inquiry into the group’s demise, which has cast doubt over the future of thousands of workers on jobs ranging from the construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route to school meals.

Carillion’s liquidation left in its wake a £900 million debt pile, a £590m pension deficit and hundreds of millions of pounds in unfinished public contracts.

The committees confirmed they will call several bosses as witnesses at the inquiry on February 6. They include former chief executive Richard Howson, chairman Phillip Green and ex-finance chiefs Richard Adam, Zafar Khan and Emma Mercer.

Mr Howson, who headed the company from 2012 until July 2017 and was an non-executive member of Wood, pocketed £1.5m in 2016.

As part of his departure deal, Carillion had agreed to continue paying him a £660,000 salary and £28,000 in benefits until October 2018. Accountants and business advisers French Duncan warned the impact of the liquidation of Carillion could cause a potential domino effect on Scottish businesses.