Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 56

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

I have received your most recent letter. As I said earlier I would consider my future actions once I had received the evidence you are going to provide to me.

However I note with ever growing concern your continuing failure to provide me with the evidence Dean Nelson gave you before you pronounced very publicly that you were starting an inquiry.

I am asking you once more to let me have that evidence by return before I decide what further action I intend taking. If as I suspect you had nothing but Dean Nelson`s letter and perhaps a phone conversation with him which obviously is not evidence then I think you should now tell me that was the case.

In the 9th Report of the Committee it states:—"Any Member who wishes to make comments or suggestions on it should put them to the Commissioner." I have prepared a Memorandum in response to that Report and I am sending it to you as requested. I would be grateful if you could ensure that members of the Committee receive a copy of it for their information.

18 April 2000

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