Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report


Annex 45

E-mail correspondence between the Mr John Maxton MP and the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards


To:The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
From:John Maxton
Date:8 March 2000 17:27
Subject:Inquiry



Did you receive my e-mail this morning?


To:John Maxton
From:The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
Date:8 March 2000 17:41



Yes thank you and replied that I had written to you and the letter was posted today. When you receive it please contact me if you want further information.


To:The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
From:John Maxton
Date:9 March 2000 11.38



I have now received your letter. I am concerned that again you have given no indication or indeed details of the evidence that Dean Nelson has submitted to substantiate his unsubstantiated allegations. Nor do you give me any indication of whatever other evidence you have collected.

I would be grateful if you could now do so.


To:John Maxton
From:The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
Date:9 March 2000 14:04



As I said I will give you all the information I receive which in any way might seem to be at variance with yours before I take any views on the matter. I have not reached that point but will be in contact as soon as possible.


To:The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
From:John Maxton
Date:9 March 2000 14:58



I have received your response to my request. It does not in any way answer the question which I have now been putting to you for six weeks. What evidence has MR NELSON produced to substantiate the allegations he made about me? In your very first letter to me on this matter you said "Mr Nelson has provided the information in this letter and has informed me that he has taped interviews which corroborate his allegations. I have asked him for that evidence." Has he produced those tapes and if not what has he produced to allow you to undertake even a preliminary inquiry? As I say above I have been waiting for six weeks for you to produce this evidence. How long do I have to wait? Evidence you have acquired since may be of interest BUT it is Mr Nelson`s evidence that is crucial.

I note that you will give me only the evidence which in any way might seem to be at variance with mine. I believe I am entitled to see all the evidence you have collected.

Lastly can you now tell me whether you are still conducting a "preliminary" investigation or have you moved to the second stage of a full enquiry. If it is still the former why has it been so extensive. If the latter why have I not been informed and evidence sent to me.


 
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