Former government IT chief Jeremy Godfrey - who quit his job over what he claimed was 'the conduct of government business' - wants lawmakers to use their special powers, if necessary, to help lift the lid on the reasons for his early departure. If the government does not allow him to speak freely about his resignation, by waiving confidentiality obligations, Godfrey wants lawmakers to consider invoking powers and privileges provisions to investigate the circumstances of a HK$200 million internet learning programme. The former official said he could provide Legco's information technology and broadcasting panel, which next month will discuss his appearance at a later meeting, with information that would help them to decide whether there had been any political interference in choosing the organisations to run the programme. Godfrey quit in February, about two months before his three-year contract was due to end. His departure came after a media report raised doubts over why the government had asked two organisations - the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and eInclusion Foundation Limited - to launch jointly the scheme subsidising underprivileged children's internet learning, instead of choosing one winner from the five proposals submitted, as originally planned. 'It has been alleged that there was an improper attempt to interfere with the selection process for political reasons, and that the selection of dual implementers does not represent an efficient or proper use of public funds,' Godfrey wrote in a letter to panel chairman Raymond Wong Yuk-man, dated Tuesday. 'The information the government has provided to the panel does not enable it to make an informed judgment about these issues, whereas the points I have proposed to put on record would give the panel a more complete view of the relevant facts,' his letter states. Godfrey wrote that in March he asked his supervisor, Elizabeth Tse Man-yee, the Permanent Secretary for Communications and Technology, for permission to send a paper to the panel to clarify some points relating to his case, but that she had declined his request. 'Rather, she reminded me of the government's rules on confidentiality. 'When I left the government, I informed the administration that I did not intend to speak publicly about my reasons for leaving unless it was necessary to correct misleading statements or to defend my reputation. However, the public interest issues are of far greater importance than the impact on my reputation.' Wong said he would add an item to the panel's agenda for its meeting next month to discuss making arrangements for Godfrey's appearance. He also agreed to ask the government to let Godfrey speak freely. 'If the government refuses to give permission, then I will consult the members to decide whether the panel will suggest the House Committee to use Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance.'