Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 208

Letter to Mr Andrew Walker, Director of Finance and Administration, House of Commons, from the Registrar of Members` Interests

May I ask you, on behalf of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, for some further assistance, please, in connection with the Commissioner`s investigation into complaints against Dr John Reid and Mr John Maxton?

I attach copies of the pay slips, supplied by the Labour Party, for Kevin Reid and Chris Winslow. The copies are not as clear as they might be and in nearly every case the name of the employee concerned is obscured. It is clear, however, from the respective employee numbers (00697 and 00696) that there are two sets of pay slips covering the twelve months period, approximately, between May/June 1998 and June 1999. It is also clear from the few pages of documents where the name is just legible that 00697 relates to Mr Reid and 00696 to Mr Winslow.

Would it be possible, please, to analyse these documents and give us your opinion as to what they indicate were the amounts actually paid by the Party to Mr Reid and Mr Winslow in the period covered by the pay slips and how that relates to:

    a)  the figures contained in the Scottish Labour Party budget documents (sent to you previously)

    b)  the contract letters to Mr Reid and Mr Winslow (which I believe you have also seen).

Perhaps you could also indicate how the 10% employer`s National Insurance contributions affect the comparisons. (Incidentally, could you confirm, please whether 10% is the correct figure?)

An early reply would be much appreciated.

Many thanks.

23 June 2000

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