Letter to Mr Bernard O'Sullivant, Dechert,
from the Parliamentary Commissioner for
Thank you for your letter of 25 April 2001. As you
are aware, I have been working to meet Mr. Robinson's request
that I send my memorandum to the Standards and Privileges Committee
in time for them to decide upon the complaint prior to an election
being called. I have said throughout that this would require Mr.
Robinson to make any further comments and provide corrections
of fact in a limited time.
At our meeting on 13 April 2001 Mr. Robinson and
you were alerted by me to the likely week in which he would have
the opportunity to look at my draft memorandum. I informed you
that I intended that the draft would be with Mr. Robinson this
week if at all possible. You confirmed to my office on Monday,
23 April 2001 that you had set aside the whole of today to read
I will also send the Committee a copy of your letter
so that they can decide when they meet on Tuesday 1st May whether
to proceed that day with their own consideration of my memorandum
or alternatively to give Mr. Robinson more time to comment on
it. If the Committee decides to proceed it has, as you know, invited
Mr. Robinson to appear before them on the afternoon of the 1st
May 2001 to ensure that he has an opportunity to put any further
information to them which he wishes. It goes without saying that
the Committee will be willing to give very careful consideration
to any other points he makes either in writing to me or when he
appears before them.
I agree that Mr. Robinson had not seen the transcripts
of my interviews with witnesses before 24 April but, since almost
all the other documents to which I refer were ones supplied by
you, I do not think it can be accurate to say there is a large
volume of evidence which he has not seen. I must correct you on
one point, you imply I have come to my conclusions. I have not.
I will do so tomorrow only after having given Mr. Robinson the
opportunity to provide comments and corrections to me by 9am.
I am required by the Committee to complete my memorandum
and send it to them by the end of Thursday, 26 April and shall
of course do so. I would therefore be grateful for any comments
and corrections Mr. Robinson cares to make by 9am on Thursday
26 April 2001. Thereafter, if Mr. Robinson finds further corrections
or has other comments, he should let me have them and I will make
sure the Committee is fully aware of them. You will recall that
I am also waiting for the documents which Mr. Robinson offered
to me on 13th April and for his corrected transcript of that meeting.
I would be grateful to receive them as well.
25 April 2001