Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report


Annex 119

Letter to Digby Brown, solicitors, from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Thank you for your letter of 24 May concerning Ms Hilliard.

I too wish that I did not have to contact Ms Hilliard at the time of her examinations and that I could deal with the one outstanding matter by contacting Dr Reid or Mr Maxton, but I am afraid this is impossible. Neither of them have the information which Ms Hilliard agreed to provide to me on 7 April 2000.

On that date I interviewed Ms Hilliard as a witness during an enquiry which is ongoing. As you will understand, I must substantiate her account to support her account and thereby the Members of Parliament in question. To do this I requested copies of Ms Hilliard`s telephone accounts. She agreed to provide them. When they were not received I wrote to her to remind her and have repeated the request on two further occasions. She told me the accounts were not available, that she is not the account holder, and has now said in response to my efforts to obtain them that she does not know who the account holder is. I have now asked her for the telephone number and the name of the telephone company so that I may obtain them myself. Only Ms Hilliard can provide this information, which could quickly be communicated to me by telephone by her or by you. Of course, I continue to hope that Ms Hilliard will obtain the accounts herself, but the number and company will suffice.

I trust you will be able to assist my enquiry on this matter and enclose a note describing my investigation process.

25 May 2000


 
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