Letter to Mr John Cryer MP
from the Parliamentary Commissioner for
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