Letter to Mr Roy Beggs MP from the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards
Thank you for your letter of 20 June 2001.
I look forward to receiving a copy of the information
from the Valuation and Lands Agency as soon as possible, giving
the rent levels appropriate to the property for the years 1988
You say you do not recollect the specific wording
in the last paragraph of my letter of 9 May 2001. Following our
meetings and correspondence during my previous enquiry you wrote
to me as follows on 20 March 2001
"If I have acted incorrectly then I will
be guided as to how I can put things right and accept the consequences.
I have no other interests which should have been
I included this quote in full on page 17 of my draft
report which I sent to you for comment and corrections on 20 March
2001. We met on 21 March and you suggested some corrections but
did not correct this quotation which was then included in the
published report on page xvi.
In the light of this information, if you wish to
make further a comment to me about any property interests which
you now feel should have been registered, perhaps you would do
One final point raised by your letter. You say you
have not had tax assessed against the benefit you have received
from your rent allowance. You may find it helpful to contact your
tax office to check that your tax affairs in relation to the rent
allowance for the years 1988 to date are settled. I would be grateful
for sight of the confirmation that this is so.
May I now have your permission to seek confirmation
from the Finance Office of the information you have provided concerning
the allowances you have received from the OCA in respect of rent
in the period 1988 to date?
I look forward to hearing from you.
25 June 2001