Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 37

Letter to Mr John Maxton MP from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Thank you for your letter of 14 February 2000. I am grateful to you for preparing a response and gathering materials in respect of the allegations made by Mr Dean Nelson. I look forward to receiving that information to assist me in deciding whether there are matters I should investigate further.

As I explained when we discussed these matters on the telephone, my task is to investigate complaints and at any point I may decide that no further enquiry is necessary. I always put complaints to Members as soon as possible to allow them every opportunity to respond to allegations and to any evidence provided.

In this case the complainant said that the other people mentioned in the letter which you have seen would be able to give me an account of these events and, as is my usual practice, I am asking them to assist my enquiry by setting out the facts as they know them.

I am in the process of following up the information I have been given and assure you that if I receive any new evidence I will put it before you so that you can comment on it. I am sure you will understand that I do not provide either side, or any other party, with details of my contacts during an investigation. May I stress again that any enquiry I make in no way implies that there has been anything untoward.

I look forward to hearing from you.

16 February 2000

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