1. This response requires to be read together
with the statement by Dr Reid and enclosures provided to the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards (PCS) dated 14 February 2000. Before
the various questions that are put to Dr Reid are considered an
analysis of the materials provided to Dr Reid by the PCS is submitted.
This is primarily an analysis directed to the complaint concerning
Suzanne Hilliard and Kevin Reid and the accusation that Dr Reid
wilfully misused his parliamentary allowances in connection with
these individuals. Without such an analysis Dr Reid`s answers
to the PCS`s questions are without context.
2. The analysis reveals not only that the
complaint cannot be established on the basis of the materials
produced but also that the complaint relies on a series of baseless
speculations that distorts the reality of Dr Reid`s employment
of Suzanne Hilliard and Kevin Reid.
3. The analysis proceeds to consider the
accusation made against Dr Reid firstly in respect of Suzanne
Hilliard and secondly in respect of his son Kevin Reid. It demonstrates
in both cases that the material provided by the PCS to Dr Reid
establishes no case to answer of misuse of parliamentary allowances.
4. Thereafter there is provided a statement
of answers to the PCS`s questions of 19 May 2000.
5. There is finally an annotated copy of
Dr Reid`s statement provided by letter dated 14 February 2000
together with a file of referenced materials.
6. The whole materials constitute Dr Reid`s
response to the PCS`s questions of 19 May 2000.