Letter to Lesley Quinn, The Scottish Labour
Party, from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
2000-01: HC 89, 21 DECEMBER
You will recall that I requested your assistance
with the above inquiry and you provided me with information. I
am sorry that I need to bother you for further help.
I received a complaint in April 2001 alleging that
Mr John Maxton mislead the Standards and Privileges Committee
during that inquiry and that the Labour Party withheld key documents
On 18 July 2001 the Standards and Privileges Committee
decided that I should approach those who may be able to provide
me with information. A decision on whether a full investigation
is necessary will then be taken.
I have been provided with a copy of a letter dated
10 November 1999 from Mr Maxton to you. (I attach a copy of the
letter). Please would you let me know the following:
1. Who wrote "Copy: All Staff" in handwriting
on this letter?
2. Please list names of people to whom it was
copied? Who copied it? Was it sent with a covering letter? If
so, please provide me with a copy of the covering letter.
3. What help did Mr Maxton's staff provide to
you, during which time periods and for what purpose?
4. Mr Maxton says he has "always thought
that MP's should look at their resources and find ways to help
the Scottish Party". To what resources does he refer? What
sort of help did Mr Maxton believe MP's should provide?
5. Which colleagues do you understand did not
agree with him and why? Please give names.
6. This letter appears to relate to the period
of my previous inquiry. If this is so, why did you not draw it
to my attention at that time?
(You will recall that during our discussion on 30
March 2000 I asked you whether I "had alerted you to other
things you feel that I should be told to give me a proper and
7. Mr Maxton thanks you for a letter which you
sent him thanking him for his "help with staff over the past
years." Please provide me with a copy of the letter to which
If you would prefer to discuss these matter in the
first instance, perhaps you would telephone my office to arrange
a convenient time for us to meet.
May I remind you not to discuss this letter with
anyone other than an adviser.
I look forward to hearing from you.
23 July 2001