File note by the Parliamentary Commissioner
Dr J Reid and Mr J Maxton
18 July 2000
Telephone conversation with Alex Rowley...
... He apologised for not having sent me the memo
that accompanies the tape, he will do it next weekend. I asked
him if he could recall the various conversations he had had with
Dr Reid when he was in the process of being interviewed with me
and one of which he had taped. He said that on the first occasion
he raised the issue with Dr Reid himself, he went up to him at
a Scottish Labour Party conference in a hotel and said he needed
to have a word with him. Dr Reid said what about now. It was in
that conversation that Dr Reid raised the issue of criminal prosecution.
I checked with Mr Rowley whether it was Dr Reid who had raised
that, or himself. He said it was Dr Reid.
He did have a telephone conversation with Lesley
Quinn to inform her as he had undertaken to do, that he would
be meeting me. Lesley Quinn said that he ought to have a conversation
with Dr Reid and Dr Reid had tried to call him on a number of
occasions. He cannot recall exactly whether when the telephone
call took place it was initiated by Dr Reid or himself, but he
said "I am pretty sure he rang me, probably at the instigation
of Lesley Quinn".
It was during that conversation, that Dr Reid raised
the possibility that he might not be endorsed as a candidate.
Again, I checked as to who had raised that matter, and he said
that was definitely Dr Reid.
The telephone call which is taped was definitely
a telephone call which Dr Reid initiated himself. Mr Rowley said
he believed that was clear from the tape itself. He had been in
bed ill all day when Dr Reid called him.