Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 85

Letter to Mr Colin Hall, Chairman, Leicester East Constituency Labour Party, from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

  Thank you for your e-mail received on 18 May 2000 and for your undertaking that neither you nor the Leicester East Constituency Labour Party will commence any proceedings against Mr Kamal in respect of the contents of his confidential letter to me of 17 April 2000.

  I accept your apology concerning the impression given to Mr Kamal, and me, by your letter to Mr Kamal of 8 May 2000 and will convey your apology to the Standards and Privileges Committee.

  Would you now kindly respond to my request and send me the copy of Mr Kamal's letter which you were sent, anonymously, on or around 25 April, along with its envelope. I would also be glad to receive your confirmation that you have also retrieved and destroyed any copies of that letter which were made.

  Thank you for your offer to provide me with evidence for my enquiry. I will approach you should that become necessary, but at present it is not. My only responsibility is to look into complaints about Members of Parliament and I do not follow up all the information which is provided to me during an investigation where I decide this is unnecessary.

  My enquiries are confidential and decisions about whom I should contact and the information I need to collect are entirely mine. I do not publicise an enquiry in any way. When I report my findings to the Standards and Privileges Committee they publish a report along with mine and the evidence on which decisions have been taken.

  I enclose a copy of a note which sets out my investigation process for your information.

  I would appreciate a reply by return so that I can assure the Standards and Privileges Committee on Tuesday next, 23 May, that you have returned the copy of Mr Kamal's letter.

19 May 2000

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