Letter to Mr John Maxton MP from the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards
Thank you for telephoning me on Tuesday 4 April.
This letter is to confirm the arrangements we made. We agreed
to pencil into our diaries a meeting for 5pm on 17 April 2000
in my office in 7 Millbank (Room 418). The purpose of the meeting
is for me to clarify the details of your response to the complaint
which I have been investigating.
You asked me to put in writing before we met any
evidence which is at variance with yours. I agreed to your request
but said that this arrangement would only be possible if I had
completed all the interviews which I am undertaking in time to
allow me to write to you.
I very much hope we are able to meet on Monday 17
April so that I can bring my inquiries to a close as soon as possible.
If I am unable to complete my inquiries I will write to you in
good time before that meeting. I will let your office know in
the preceding week so that we can arrange to postpone the meeting
to a later date.
For the sake of completeness I felt I should add
that when we do meet I shall be requesting you to allow the meeting
to be tape recorded so that I have a precise record of what you
wish to say to me. As usual I will of course provide you with
a copy of the transcript so that you may correct it before I make
use of it. I shall be accompanied by a colleague who will also
take a note. You are of course welcome to be accompanied if you
wish it. I hope you will be happy with these arrangements but
if you would like to talk through any of these matters again,
please do not hesitate to contact me.
6 April 2000