Letter from Mr Clive Soley MP to the Clerk
of the Committee
Thank you for your letter and enclosure. Having
looked at your questions, I believe I answered most of them when
I gave evidence.
The one issue I should perhaps expand on is
I indicated that my preference was for people to speak on the
floor of the House, but I said that I had no problem with candidates
issuing manifestos or attending meetings elsewhere in the House.
Clearly, however, there could be a problem if this became too
extensive and large sums of money were expended on an election
campaign. I think that would be a most undesirable development
and, on reflection, it may be that we have to put a ban on such
activities unless we can limit them in a very clear and precise
1 February 2001
1 See Minutes of Evidence page 43. Back