Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from the Mr Allan Gratrix
Further to our conversation last Friday, I have
scoured the papers I have and pulled out any reference to the
premises I can find. The papers are originals and would appreciate
it if you would return them when you are finished with them.
From the 1994 AGM minutes I can confirm that
Mrs Marilyn Hall JP, was Constituency Treasurer over the period
of the enclosures. It is also now clear there was a Premises Account
whose purpose was to cover the costs of operating a Constituency
Office and funding a full time Organiser. John Thomas the Constituency
Secretary effectively filled this role although it must be said
that as far as I am aware it was hardly a lucrative position.
To the best of my knowledge the 50 Club never
did reach its maximum numbers so did not achieve its intended
target which was to fund the office and Organiser. There was an
issue concerning tax and National Insurance regulations with regard
to paying an Organiser which never was satisfactorily dealt with
at the time.
I hope the information will help you in your
enquiry, as far as large donations to the Premises Fund is concerned
the one made by Mr Atwal is the only one I can recall.
5 November 2000