Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Ninth Report


Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards: Record of Previous Interest


When the House of Commons appointed me to the post of Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards on 17 November 1998 I had agreed that I would resign my non-executive posts before taking it up on 15 February 1999. This was reported in the press. I resigned from my non-executive directorship at Britannia Building Society at the end of their financial year on 31 December 1998.

Non-executive directors at Britannia Building Society have no involvement with individual customer's mortgage applications and that of course applied to me.

Mr Mandelson published on 22 December 1998 in The Times a letter to me asking for advice about Mr Robinson's loan (Annex A). I provided advice on 21 January 1999 (Annex B). Having received complaints concerning Mr Mandelson I began my inquiries when I took up my post.

21 April 1999Elizabeth Filkin


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