Letter to Mr Archy Kirkwood MP from the
former Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
I am sorry I need to write to you again on matters
relating to your entries in the Register of Members Interests.
I have received two complaints from Adrian Flook MP and from Mr
Ian Bruce where I need your response so that I may decide whether
any investigation is warranted.
Mr Flook, in his letter of 19 January 2002, raises
questions about the adequacy of your entries, their timeliness
and whether payments were accurately recorded in your entries.
He also says that it appears that a statement you made in the
1997 Register was not unambiguous. The statement concerned the
description of payments which were made to you by the Joseph Rowntree
Trust. I attach a copy of Mr Flook's letter of 19 January 2002.
I have also received a letter of complaint from Mr
Ian Bruce dated 21 January 2002 which follows a letter he wrote
to me on 2 January 2002. His letters raise questions about registration
and declaration of interests and he also alleges a conflict of
interest in relation to expenses provided to you on behalf of
the Social Security (now Work and Pensions) Select Committee.
I attach copies of Mr Bruce's letters of 2 and 21
If you would prefer to discuss the matter with me
in the first instance perhaps you would telephone my office to
arrange a convenient time.
23 January 2002