I am determined that this inquiry will provide the people of Scotland with answers to the many questions that have been raised over the Holyrood construction project.
The people of Scotland expect the truth, they deserve the truth and I am determined that they will get the truth.
I will attempt as best I can to leave no stone unturned.
If anyone, or any organisation, attempts to stop me I will have no hesitation in naming and shaming them.
I am determined that this inquiry will be as open and transparent as possible.
To encourage those who may fear pressures from within their own organisation or company I have launched a confidential e-mail link for anyone who feels they have information that they feel could be of interest to the Holyrood Inquiry.
Both the Westminster Government and the Scottish Executive have assured me that any documents that I want from them will be forthcoming.
While I appreciate that my inquiry should not be the cause of further delay I do expect all involved in the Holyrood project from the early planning stages to the completion of the building to co-operate with the inquiry team.
This site is one of the vehicles I will use to ensure that those interested with the progress of my inquiry are kept up to date.
I come to this inquiry with an open mind. I have no preconceived ideas as to whether decisions were right or wrong.
To those who are demanding
an exact date when the inquiry will report its findings, I say simply;