Letter to Suzanne Hilliard from the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards
I wrote to you on 2 May in response to your letter
of 18 April and am afraid you may not have received my letter.
As you know, I have been seeking corroborative evidence
to support your account of the work you did as a parliamentary
researcher during the Scottish election campaign. At our meeting
on 7 April you agreed to provide me with the record of the telephone
calls from your flat, as you had told me that was where you did
your research, and from where you regularly telephoned Dr Reid
to discuss the research work. I would be grateful to have either
the telephone account records or, if these are still not available
to you, the name and address of the account holder and the telephone
It may be that you have now collected other evidence
of the work you did during the period in question and I would
be glad to see any such information. It occurred to me that you
would have made expense claims for the telephone calls and copies
of those would be helpful, and you may have copies of documents,
briefings or press notices you originated, other expense or bonus
claims or other material you produced as a parliamentary researcher.
I am sorry to bother you again, but you will appreciate
that I must provide any evidence which is available to support
accounts of events in situations where they are disputed. I would
be grateful if you would reply as soon as possible as I am afraid
this outstanding item is preventing me from concluding my enquiry.
May I thank you again for your help.
15 May 2000