Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 193

Letter to Mr Jonathan Upton from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

May I please trouble you for two further small pieces of information:

(i)  Kevin Reid was initially paid at an annual rate of £4,000 for 15 hours per week. Was this the normal rate for that number of hours? Was any other member of staff doing comparable work paid at the same rate?

(ii)  All three researchers received bonus payments for their extra effort during the Scottish Parliament election campaign in 1999. Were claims self-validated or was there some independent check on the number of hours worked.

May I have a reply by 18 May, please?

12 May 2000

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