There was no intention to suggest that Marilyn Lloyd obtained the contract other than on her own merits and her ability to perform the contract has never been in question. If any readers understood otherwise, that is a matter of regret and we are pleased to take this opportunity to make the position clear.
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In an article headed "A pounds 2 million contract for the boss's girlfriend" (17 November 1991), we raised a number of questions about the quality of the management and financial controls of the Red Star division of British Rail. We referred to the fact that Marilyn Lloyd's company, Kaleidoscope Presentations Limited, was awarded a valuable contract with Red Star at a time when she was in a close personal relationship with a senior Red Star executive.