Letter to David Price, Solicitors &
Advocates from Ms Eileen Eggington QPM
I am in receipt of your letter dated 22nd November
2001. Your letter purports to be a letter before action, yet does
not specify the cause of action which your client has in mind.
Her claims are nebulous and smack of a "fishing expedition".
If, as appears to be the case, your client is contemplating
an action for breach of confidence, I should like to point out
1. I have never had any relationship with your
client which gives rise to a duty of confidence;
2. The only material which could be argued to
be confidential to your client and which I have ever had in my
possession was passed by me to the appropriate public bodies,
i.e.: the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and the Head
of the Security & Anti-Corruption Unit, Home Office, Immigration
3. In particular, it was not passed by me to
the Mail on Sunday;
4. I have never given your client any reason
to believe that I would pass such material to anyone else, and
I can confirm (without giving any undertaking) that it is my settled
intention not to do so;
5. I would add that at all times I have acted
properly and in good faith.
I do not believe that you can have any evidence to
contradict the above, and I therefore invite you to withdraw your
claims and to desist from this correspondence.
For the reasons stated, it will come as no surprise
to you that I decline to give the undertakings and other relief
which your client seeks. She must surely be aware that her threat
to apply the court is misconceived and inappropriate. Any such
application will be completely unjustified and will be firmly
6 December 2001