Letter to Ms Maria Fernandes from the
Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
Thank you for your letter of 6 August. I am disappointed
not to have received your additions and corrections to the record
of our meeting held on 4 July 2001 as I do not wish to delay my
work on this matter.
As I explained at our meeting and subsequently my
only purpose is to obtain from you complete and accurate replies
to my questions. I would therefore be grateful if you would let
me have any corrections and additions as soon as possible. If
there are matters which you wish to be sidelined on the record
you are most welcome to tell me that too.
I am pleased to hear that you are expecting to respond
further on the points raised when you have taken advice and I
look forward to receiving your response in due course. I am glad
to hear that Mr Pathan is looking into matters which I raised
with him and I hope that he will be able to respond to me shortly.
You have raised again the record taken during our
meeting. I can only repeat my apology that the efforts which I
made to ensure that your answers were accurately and fully recorded
have upset you. I introduced the House of Commons shorthand writer
to you. She sat at the table with us and as I explained she used
a tape recorder, which was in full view on the table, to backup
her shorthand and ensure that the record was accurate.
I note that you will return to London at the end
of August but I hope that you will be able to return the transcript
to me before that date or in any case as soon as possible thereafter.
Thank you again for your help in this matter.
9 August 2001