Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Eighth Report


Annex D

Letter to Mr John Cryer MP

from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

COMPLAINTS AGAINST MR GEOFFREY CLIFTON-BROWN MP, MR MICHAEL FALLON MP,

   MR JOHN HAYES MP, SIR MICHAEL SPICER MP, MR ROBERT SYMS MP

Thank you for your letter of 2 April.

Under paragraph 69 of the Code of Conduct and Guide to the Rules relating to the Conduct of Members I have discretion in deciding whether the evidence provided to me by a complainant justifies my "taking the matter further" in the form of a preliminary investigation. This decision is mine alone and I am not required to explain the exercise of this discretion either to complainants or to the Standards and Privileges Committee and it is not my practice to do so.

Having said that, I proceeded in relation to each of your complaints as usual. That is to say that I considered each of the relevant Hansard extracts very carefully and formed a view in each case whether, having regard to the subject matter of the debate, the Member's remarks and the nature of any interest held by him I had any grounds for conducting any preliminary enquiries. In such cases where, bearing these considerations in mind, I felt you had provided sufficient evidence for me to do so, I have conducted preliminary enquiries. I will write to you again in due course to keep you informed of my consideration of the five complaints where these enquiries are in progress.

6 April 2001


 
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