The potential conflict of interest was highlighted by the Liberal Democrats' environment spokesman, Simon Hughes. Dr Slater became HMIP's Director on 1 May 1991. In August, the DoE let a contract to DNV Technica to report on abatement methods for nitrogen oxides. The contract was not subject to competitive tender.
Dr Slater was a director of Technica Ltd, which was acquired by DNV after his departure and established as a wholly owned subs