Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from the Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP
Thank you for your letter of the 19:05:2000. You
will appreciate that responding to the 29 questions you raise,
some of which contain within them further questions, will take
some time. I will try to meet your date of 12:06:2000 but cannot
guarantee a full response by then. You will appreciate that my
duties take considerable time.
There is a further matter arising out of your letter
and that is the second sentence. You indicate you remind me not
to discuss evidence with any other person. Could you remind me
when you first sought to impose such a condition on my actings.
Given that your office appears to have discussed the evidence
or at least the complaint with the media it does seem somewhat
unequal that I am to keep silent. You will also appreciate that
such a condition will hamper collection of information to respond
to your questions. For example, if I am to ask people at Delta
House about Mr Rowley`s presence there, his supervision of (say)
Kevin Reid, Mr Rowley`s apparent assertions that he was in a position
to know all Kevin`s activities, I will inevitably require to discuss
at least part of his evidence.
If you consider nonetheless that I must keep silent
I would have to ask you to provide me with the reference as to
where such a power in your office is prescribed by law. I will
await your response on this point. A speedy response will of course
improve the prospect of meeting your date of 12th June.
30 May 2000