Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Seventh Report

Annex B

Statement from Nigel Griffiths MP for Edinburgh South

"The House of Commons Fees Office funds only a portion of Nigel Griffiths' constituency office costs. Mr Griffiths has spoken to the Fees Office this morning and they have confirmed that in the last financial year he paid the Fees Office over £10,000 from his salary towards the running costs of his constituency office—equivalent to over half of the office's actual non-staff cost for the year. Mr Griffiths will be making a contribution again this year, as he has done in previous years.

"Mr Griffiths' contribution towards the running costs of his constituency office is more than sufficient to cover the cost of its use for short periods of political activity. Mr Griffiths has apologised for not notifying the Fees Office in advance of its use on that basis."

This statement was faxed to Mr Cameron and agreed with him on Wednesday 31 October.

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