Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex C

Letter to Mr Roy Beggs MP from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards


Thank you for your letter of 3 May 2001 and the information you have provided.

As I understand it you purchased the above property with you wife in 1988. You claimed office rent from the Office Costs Allowance from 1996-1997 on which you paid tax. The property was transferred to your daughters and from the date that they became owners you paid the rent allowance, which is provided through the OCA, to you daughters.

Please would you let me know the following:

1. The date on which ownership was transferred to your daughters?

2.  Whether since that date you have continued to pay tax and claim allowances against the tax on the rental allowance and/or whether your daughters have paid the tax and claimed allowances on the rent which you pay to them?

3.   How the rent level was set and whether the level was agreed with the Finance Department?

4. Whether the property has been used throughout solely as your office or let for any other purpose?

Please would you also let me know the reason why you neither registered this property during the period you were its joint owner nor brought to my attention when I asked you whether you had failed to register any other property during my investigation earlier this year?

I look forward to your early reply.

9 May 2001

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