Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 71

Letter to Mr John W Thomas from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

  You kindly wrote to me on 25 May to answer questions concerning matters which I am investigating.

  I am hoping to conclude my report shortly and report to the Standards and Privileges Committee and I find I need to check one further matter with you. I am sorry I need to bother you again.

  I have been informed by a number of witnesses that, as Secretary of Leicester East Constituency Party you appealed to serving councillors to contribute a percentage of their allowances to an election campaign. I am informed that the appeal and discussion which followed was recorded in the General Committee's minutes.

  1.  Please would you let me know whether you have ever made an appeal for any funds, for any purpose and suggested that councillors set aside part of their allowance for the purpose.

  2.  Would you send me copies of minutes which record any such appeal with your verification as secretary that they are a correct record.

  3.  Would you set out for me the circumstances of the appeal for funds, the use to which funds raised in this way were put, the dates concerned and how much you were able to raise in this way. If you have a list of donors that would be most helpful.

  May I thank you in advance for your help. If you would like to speak to me on the telephone again please do not hesitate to ring me.

13 July 2000

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