Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex E

Letter to Mr John Maxton from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

I am sorry that I need to bother you once again. You will recall that I wrote to you on 19 April 2001 to draw to your attention a further complaint from Mr Nelson. I enclosed a copy of a letter from you to Ms Lesley Quinn dated 10 November 1999 and Mr Nelson's e-mail to me.

I said that to enable me to decide whether I should make any further enquiries, I would be grateful to receive your comments on this letter and I asked you to give me answers to some questions. I attach another copy of my letter and the enclosures.

My office contacted you on 27 April and 4 May 2001 to ask you when I could expect your response but you provided none. I reported this to the Standards and Privileges Committee on 8th May and wrote to you to this effect on 9 May 2001 (copy attached) but I received no reply.

The Standards and Privileges Committee met today and decided that I should now approach other people who may be able to provide me with information. A decision whether a full investigation is necessary will then be taken.

I would still be grateful to receive your reply to my letter of 19 April as soon as possible.

If you would prefer to discuss this matter in person, perhaps you would telephone my office to arrange a convenient time for us to meet.

18 July 2001

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