Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Eighth Report


Annex B

  

Letter to Mr John Cryer MP

from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

RT HON DAVID HEATHCOAT-AMORY MP, MR CHRISTOPHER GILL MP, MR MICHAEL FALLON MP, MR GEOFFREY CLIFTON-BROWN MP, MR JOHN HAYES MP, MR TIM LOUGHTON MP, RT HON SIR GEOFFREY JOHNSON-SMITH MP, SIR MICHAEL SPICER MP, MR ROBERT SYMS MP, MR IAN TAYLOR MP, RT HON MICHAEL JACK MP, RT HON KENNETH CLARKE MP, MR HOWARD FLIGHT MP, MR RICHARD PAGE MP, MR EDWARD GARNIER MP, MR ARCHIE NORMAN MP, MR NICHOLAS WINTERTON MP, MR JOHN MAPLES MP

Further to my letter of 12 March 2001 I have now had the opportunity to consider the complaints you have raised against 18 Member of Parliament and to study the material you have provided.

I have decided to make preliminary enquiries into your allegations concerning Mr Michael Fallon MP, Sir Michael Spicer MP, Mr John Hayes MP, Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP and Mr Robert Syms MP.

When I have received responses for these Members I will decide whether I would take the matter further.

I have looked carefully at the complaints which you have made about the remaining 13 Members and I am not of the view that the pecuniary interests, in these instances, were sufficiently relevant to the debate in question for it to be reasonably thought by others to have influenced the speech.

Thank you for drawing these matters to my attention. I will write to you again in due course.

22 March 2001


 
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