Letter to Mr Kevin Reid from the Chairman
of the Committee on Standards and Privileges
At the meeting yesterday of the Committee on Standards
and Privileges the Commissioner reported to us that you had not
provided her with certain information she had requested to assist
her with one of her current inquiries. The Commissioner has told
us that she is unable to conclude her inquiry without considering
this information from you.
The Commissioner wrote to you on 7 June to ask you
about information she had received about a financial reference
provided for you by the Scottish Labour Party. You told her office
on 19 June that you had not received her letter, and a copy was
faxed to you. I understand that you have not yet responded.
We were concerned to hear this from the Commissioner.
We expect people who are in a position to assist the Commissioner`s
inquiries to co-operate fully and to make available any relevant
information they may have. It is in everyone`s interests, including
the Member who is the subject of the complaint, that this matter
should be resolved.
The House has given the Committee certain powers
to compel witnesses to provide information. We would prefer not
to use those powers unless it was necessary to do so to enable
the Commissioner to carry out the job the House has appointed
her to do. I very much hope, therefore, that you will arrange
to provide the Commissioner with the information by return.
21 June 2000