Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 84A

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr John Maxton MP

I acknowledge receipt of your letter, memorandum and enclosed documents.

Given the prejudicial nature of your memorandum, I do not intend to respond to you but to write directly to each member of the Committee.

I do wish to make the following points, however.

1.  I formally request that you report separately on the complaints made against John Reid and myself. Not to do so is against natural justice.

2.  You did not do me the courtesy of informing me that you were writing notes of our telephone conversations. They are entirely your version of the calls and do not always correspond to my memory.

3.  I note that you have received or obtained further evidence from Mr Rowley since I sent my answers to your questions. Since at least some of this is new and at variance with my own can I ask why I was not sent it? In particular I refer to the "note" on your telephone conversation with Mr Rowley in 148A.

20 September 2000

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