Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from the Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP
I understand that a meeting between us has been arranged
formally by our respective offices for Wednesday 19 April 2000.
I have also now been informed by my office, that your office has
referred to this as "the official meeting". While I
am not sure what this means, I infer that you will wish to put
to me the content of your investigations to date.
To date I have received no elucidation of the complaint
beyond the letter from Mr Dean Nelson. If our meeting is to take
place on a fruitful basis, it is essential as a matter of fairness,
that I be informed in advance and in good time (i) what has been
said against me and by whom; (ii) what documentary or other evidence
has been provided; (iii) what is the meaning of the term "the
official meeting" and (iv) what arrangements are proposed
for the attendance of representation. I understand that transcripts
of various witnesses have been produced. May I see those?
As discussion is presumably to proceed beyond the
full statement which I gave to you in writing on 14 February,
I trust that you will accept that I am entitled to be made aware
of the foregoing. If I am not provided with this information timeously,
you will understand that I am unlikely to be able to assist you
13 April 2000