Letter to Mr John Maxton from the Chairman
of the Committee on Standards and Privileges
Thank you for your letter of 25 July 2001.
I am afraid that there are several inaccuracies in
the article which you copied to me.
The Commissioner had not commenced an investigation
into any matters concerning Mr McLeish, therefore there is no
question of any investigation being dropped.
The facts are as follows. A Member of Parliament
raised a query with the Commissioner about Mr McLeish's affairs.
With Mr McLeish's permission she was able to provide an answer
to the query. The Member of Parliament then raised further questions.
Mr McLeish provided full replies in correspondence with the Commissioner
which was continuing on 8th May when the election was called.
Although no investigation had commenced, Mr McLeish
has said that he wishes to inform the Commissioner when the matter
is settled and provide her with confirmation from the Director
The Commissioner reported this to the Standards and
Privileges Committee on 18 July 2001 and said she would be informing
the Member of Parliament when she received that confirmation from
Mr McLeish. The Committee did not ask her to launch an investigation
into these matters.
As you know, the situation is different in your case.
The Commissioner reported to the previous Committee in April and
May 2001 that she was undertaking preliminary enquiries into allegations
that you had misled the Committee during their earlier enquiry.
She said she was awaiting your response before deciding whether
further investigation was required. I understand that you made
no response to her enquiries.
The Commissioner reported this to the Committee on
18 July 2001 and asked for the Committee's decision as to whether
she should continue her enquiries. As I informed you when we spoke
on the telephone the Committee asked her to continue. The Commissioner
has told me that she awaits responses to her enquiries.
I am sending a copy of this letter to Elizabeth Filkin.