Sports Direct is facing parliamentary demands for an explanation after six members of Parliament (MPs) turned up unannounced at its head office and warehouse in Shirebrook, and an attempt was allegedly made to record their private discussion in one of the group's meeting rooms. The allegation is that a recording device was planted near a plate of sandwiches. Ian Wright, head of the parliamentary committee that has been investigating working conditions at Sports Direct, issued an open letter to Mike Ashley, majority shareholder of Sports Direct, in which he said that the alleged attempt had eroded trust and demanded an explanation. Sports Direct issued a statement saying it “did not authorise or have any knowledge of the possible recording device,” and added that its “veracity is yet to be determined.” Ashley later suggested in a letter to Wright that he ought to return to Shirebrook to join 500 people working at Sports Direct for a live televised debate in its auditorium, indicating that many wanted to make their voices heard after the criticism heaped upon the company in the last two years. Separately, the Financial Reporting Council announced that it started investigations regarding the preparation, approval and audit of SDI's financial statements for the fiscal year until April 24. This comes after reports of an arrangement between Sports Direct and Barlin Delivery, a firm owned by Mike Ashley's brother, which was not disclosed as a related party in the company's financial statements. As reported by British newspapers, SDI previously said that Grant Thornton, an accountancy firm and the group's auditor, had advised it that John Ashley's ownership of Barlin did not have to be disclosed. Grant Thornton was reported as saying in Drapers that it would be fully cooperating with the investigation.