Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report


Annex IV20

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Ms Eileen Eggington QPM

At our meeting this morning you asked Mr and Mrs Gresty if they had commenced employment tribunal proceedings against Maria Fernandes. They both confirmed that they had not.

I am enclosing copies of correspondence[185] between Maria Fernandes, and me, which will illustrate why she has no good reason to believe that Mr and Mrs Gresty had any intention of taking their case to an employment tribunal. If this is an issue of importance, I am happy to make a more detailed statement, producing the documents. Please let me know if this would be helpful.

I might add that, on 13th December 2000, when I spoke on the telephone to Maria Fernandes, I told her very clearly that there was no question of litigation against her because the Grestys could not afford to pay a lawyer. I also said that Rita was far too ill to withstand the stress of giving evidence at an employment tribunal.

 I spoke to Maria Fernandes again soon after receipt of her letter dated 2nd February 2001 to thank her for the enclosed cheque for £400 and the completed Form SSPl. I asked her if she would also give Rita a month's pay in lieu of notice. We had an amicable conversation and she said that she would consider doing so if Rita signed a confidentiality clause. I said that I was sure Rita would willingly sign such a clause. She promised to draw up a document based on legal advice, for Rita to sign. She did not do so and I heard no more from her.

12 November 2001





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