RHI of­fi­cial tells the in­quiry that he can­not re­call whether he read 14-page doc­u­ment

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also pre­de­ces­sor, Dav­ina McCay, did not save the han­dover notes into the Civil Ser­vice doc­u­ment record­ing sys­tem — mean­ing that Mr Wight­man was the only per­son who had the full copy.

But he said he can’t re­mem­ber if he read it or not.

“You know what a han­dover doc­u­ment is for — to pro­vide con­ti­nu­ity,” Sir Pa­trick Cogh­lin (be­low) said.

“I agree with you, chair — I should have read it,” Mr Wight­man replied.

In his lat­est witness state­ment, he claimed that im­por­tant is­sues “should have been made clear to se­nior man­age­ment”. Mr Wight­man stressed that he was not try­ing to mis­lead the in- he replied: “I’m prob­a­bly the sec­ond.”

He con­tin­ued by ad­mit­ting that he tends to “scan” doc­u­ments and that he con­tin­ues to strug­gle with the con­tent of the RHI pa­pers.

Mr Wight­man also told the In­quiry that he re­grets en­gag­ing in in­for­mal con­ver­sa­tions with the poul­try and en­ergy in­dus­tries.

“I re­alise that some of the en­gage­ment does look naive now, given hind­sight,” he said. “But it was done for the right rea­sons at the time, with the in­for­ma­tion I had avail­able to me.”

Mr Wight­man ac­knowl­edged that his talk­ing to stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing Moy Park, had “led to in­creased aware­ness” of pro­posed tar­iff changes but said there “no ev­i­dence” that it re­sulted in a spike of ap­pli­ca­tions dur­ing July or Au­gust 2015.

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