Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex ii36

Letter to Ms Maria Fernandes from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards


I am becoming concerned at the delay in organising the meeting to provide information required by my enquiry.

You will recall that I wrote to you on 14 May requesting information and you kindly responded by telephone on 17 May to say that you would be replying shortly.

Subsequently at your request Mr Pathan wrote to me in a letter dated 30 May which we received on 15 June. My office replied to him on 15 June to ask him to telephone to agree a date.

I had by then written to you on 12 June to remind you of your outstanding reply.

You wrote to me on 14 June in a letter which I received on 19 June to say you would be present at the meeting with Mr Pathan if you were needed. I wrote to you on 19 June to ask you to attend the meeting and to tell you I had asked Mr Pathan to telephone my office to arrange it.

On 25 June, having had no response from Mr Pathan, nor having any telephone number where I can contact you, I asked Mr Keith Bennett to obtain a number so that the meeting can be organised.

I am now writing to suggest any of the following times for the meeting -

4 July at 10:00
4 July at 15:00
5 July at 17:00
9 July any time between 08:30-17:00
10 July any time between 8:30-16:00

Please would you or Mr Pathan contact me by return to let me know the times you are able to come to my office to meet me. I would also be grateful for a contact telephone number.

Thank you for your assistance with this enquiry.

26 June 2001

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