Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex ii42

Letter to Ms Maria Fernandes from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Thank you for your letter of 6 July 2001.

I am sorry to hear that I failed to explain the matter satisfactorily when you raised your concern.

As I said in the meeting, I apologise for not adding to my introduction to you of the shorthand writer that House of Commons shorthand writers always use a tape to ensure that their shorthand record is accurate. I explained that since her tape recorder and microphone were on the table in front of you, I did not consider it necessary to give you a fuller description in words. That was a mistake on my part and I hope you will now accept my apology for it.

You should by now have received the full record of our discussion and the backup tape which the shorthand service have provided for you at your request, which I hope will set your mind at rest. May I stress again that my one aim was to get an accurate record of what you wished to say and if anything on the transcript is incorrect or unclear, I would be grateful to receive your corrections and additions.

11 July 2001

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