Letter to Councillor Mustafa Kamal from
the Clerk of the Committee on Standards and Privileges
The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
has passed your letter of 15 May to the Committee on Standards
and Privileges for its consideration.
The Committee has instructed me to say that
it takes a serious view of the matter you have reported to the
The House regards any evidence given to the
Commissioner for the purposes of her inquiries into complaints
against Members of Parliament as proceedings in Parliament which
are fully protected by parliamentary privilege.
Any attempt to put pressure on a witness in
connection with evidence would be a contempt of the House, and
the Committee will act if any action were taken against a witness
as a result of evidence given to the Commissioner.
The Committee trusts that with this reassurance
you will feel able to continue to assist the Commissioner with
23 May 2000