Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 74

Letter to Mr John Maxton MP from the Chairman of the Committee on Standards and Privileges


At the meeting this morning of the Committee on Standards and Privileges the Commissioner reported to us that you are unwilling to meet her to discuss certain questions which she has put to you. Without your answers the Commissioner is at a disadvantage in preparing her report to us on the complaint against you which she is investigating.

We were sorry to learn this. I would have thought it was in everyone`s interests, including yours, to have this matter resolved and not to prolong unnecessarily an experience which must be unpleasant for any Member.

Our concern is that, without your co-operation, evidence which you might wish to dispute will go unchallenged and the Commissioner will have to finalise her report with incomplete information. We hope, therefore, that on reflection you will agree to meet the Commissioner to reply in detail to her questions.

If, however, you decide not to co-operate further, the Commissioner will have no alternative but to report to us on the basis of the evidence she has already collected. That may not be in your best interests.

I would be grateful if you could respond to the Commissioner not later than Monday 19 June so that she can report the outcome to us at our meeting on Tuesday 20 June.

13 June 2000

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