THE Financial Secretary, Mr Hamish Macleod, has agreed to appear before the Legislative Council to answer queries about the sudden departure of former Provisional Airport Authority (PAA) chief executive Mr Richard Allen. The United Democrats of Hongkong's (UDHK) spokesman on infrastructure, Mr Albert Chan Wai-yip, said he was told that Mr Macleod would attend next Friday's meeting of the Legco ad hoc group on airport finance. Since early March, the UDHK has been seeking a meeting with Mr Macleod, who is also chairman of the PAA board, to explain Mr Allen's departure and payoff. Although the Government has remained tight-lipped about the size of Mr Allen's golden handshake, the former chief is believed to have received about $6 million when he resigned in February. Mr Chan said two replies given by the New Airport Projects Co-ordination Office were unsatisfactory and unconvincing. The Government owed Legco and the public an answer as to why Mr Allen left so suddenly, the size of his payoff, the employment terms of the new authority chief, Dr Hank Townsend, and his relationship with International Bechtel Incorporated, said Mr Chan. Dr Townsend is a senior vice-president of Bechtel, which has been the management consultant on the airport core projects since 1990. Mr Chan said that if Mr Macleod failed to provide a satisfactory answer, the UDHK would exercise its right under the Legco (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance in a Finance Committee meeting in May to ask the Government to reveal the information. Dr Leong Che-hung of Meeting Point said he would ask the Financial Secretary to put the future Airport Authority under the jurisdiction of the Director of Audit.