Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 29B

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from the Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP

I have considered the terms of your draft report. I do not accept its conclusions, many of its apparent findings in fact or the general methodology you have employed. I did not act in the manner specified in the complaint nor in the manner you suggest in your draft report, nor did I participate in any other misuse of Fees Office funds.

Your lack of response throughout the conduct of the inquiry to many of my requests for information and for procedural fairness persuade me that any detailed response to your draft report is pointless.

Accordingly, I have no alternative but to address my response to the Committee which I shall do.

As regards your retention of the tapes I have requested, my advisers will be in touch with your office concerning access to these.

25 September 2000

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