Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from the Rt Hon Dr John
Thank you for your letter of 27 January. I acknowledge
receipt of the copy letter attached thereto.
I note that the letter relates to the Observer complaint
again John Maxton and me. I note also that because of the method
of communication adopted, it is not signed. I am not clear who
the complainer is; can you advise?
May I take it that you are satisfied that sufficient
evidence exists in support of the complaint? I am not clear whether
this sufficient evidence is limited to the e-mail or is there
I understand that you are obliged to ask me to respond
to the complaint before any preliminary investigation may be commenced.
Is my understanding correct?
Due to the gravity of the complaint and its wide-ranging
nature it is important to me that my response to you is fully
Accordingly I will write with a considered response
in due course.
2 February 2000