Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 110

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Suzanne Hilliard

May I first of all apologise for the delay in replying to you—my honours year course work has been piling up. Please find below the answers to your list of supplementary questions.

1.  1 November 1998-30 June 1999. The hours were contracted as "20 hours variable" per week.

2.  It is difficult to give any such figure. I did not keep a record of hours worked. The check on my duties was measured by how I met them. I believe I did all that was required of me. Sometimes this took more than 20 hours in any one week.

3.  As I did not have a specific period of hours in any one day, Labour Party work did not in some way displace any work for Dr Reid. I was able to do the work for him in the mornings.

4.  No. The campaign ended in May 1999.

5.  I did not keep a record of hours. As I indicated in my statement I spent more time on the campaign as it went on. This started with afternoons and expanded into evenings. I still did my work for Dr Reid in the mornings.

6.  My job with Dr Reid was not structured as an office job and the hours were variable in the sense that I was not expected to carry out 20 hours per week every week. Some weeks I am sure the 20 hours was exceeded, others, as I indicated in my statement, it was not.

I hope this information is of use to you.

1 March 2000

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