Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr Kevin Reid
The answer to the questions you detail in the letter
sent on 16 February are as follows.
1. I started full time work for the Labour Party
on 12th October 1998. Dr Reid agreed to waive the notice period
and pay me until the end of that month, a procedure which the
fees office confirmed to Dr Reid is a perfectly normal practice.
2. I was employed intermittently by Dr Reid from
1st June 1989. I worked
from 1st June 1989-31st January
from 1st September 92-30 November 92;
from 1st April 93-31st August 93: from 1st January
94-30th June 94.
I worked part time during these periods and quite
frankly I cannot remember the precise details. You will no doubt
wish to note that, as far as I am aware, none of these periods
covered an election campaign period.
I then worked for Dr Reid during the four-year period
1st November 1994 until the 31st October 1998. Following the 1997
General Election requirements were introduced for typed, formal
contracts, lodged with the fees office. My contract was dated
1st September 1997 and contracted me to work "20 hours/variable"
3. Lesley Quinn can be contacted via:
Scottish Labour Party
4. During the period May 1998-October 1998 I
had a part time contract (20 hoursvariable) with the Fees
Office and 15 hours per week with the Labour Party. Though the
hours were contracted with both parties there were no set
times for either. I was able to satisfy both contracts
within a flexible working week. There was, therefore, no question
of having to "work on the Labour Party campaign during hours
... paid from the Fees Office".
5. As stated above, I worked full time for the
Labour Party after I ceased to work from Dr Reid.
6. You ask how many hours a day on average I
worked for the Labour Party. Average daily, actual (as opposed
to contracted) work, excluding breaks, for a seven day week is
not easy to calculate. However, between May and October 1998 my
actual daily average would have been between just under
3 hours to around just under 4 hours. (4-5 hrs Monday-Thursday,
3-4 Friday, nothing on Saturday or Sunday). This allowed me more
than sufficient time to complete any other obligations. After
15 October 1998 when I went onto a full-time contract and the
Party went into full election alert I would of course have worked
much more than this.
I have now given a full statement in writing and
furnished an answer to your questions in writing. I would appreciate
if any further communication be similarly conducted in writing.
Thank you in anticipation.
2 March 2000