Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Ninth Report


Letter to the Rt Hon Peter Mandelson MP
from the Chairman of the Committee on Standards and Privileges

As you know, the Committee on Standards and Privileges has received a report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards on the complaints made against you.

The Committee would be grateful if you could respond in writing to the questions set out in this letter. Your reply should be received by the Clerk of the Committee by 3.00 pm on Tuesday 4 May. At its meeting on Tuesday 11 May the Committee will consider your reply, and it will also decide whether to take oral evidence from you in private at that meeting. I would therefore be grateful if you could—

(i)  keep the period between 10.30 am and 1.00 pm on Tuesday 11 May free of other commitments;

(ii)  arrange to be in or within easy reach of the House during that period; and

(iii)  let the Clerk have a telephone number at which you could be contacted during that period.

The Committee's questions are as follows:

1.    When you completed the application form for a mortgage from the Britannia Building Society, were you aware that you should have disclosed the fact that you had a mortgage on your house in Hartlepool as well as on your flat in London?

2.    If so, why did you not do so?

3.    If not, when did you realise that you should have done so?

4.    When did you take out the mortgage on your home in Hartlepool?

5.    On what date did you become aware that your family would not be providing the balance of the purchase price?

6.    Was it before or after you completed your mortgage application form on 30 August 1996?

7.    Was it before or after 15 October 1996?

8.    On what date did you first discuss with Mr Geoffrey Robinson the possibility of your receiving a loan from him?

9.    Was it before or after you completed your mortgage application form on 30 August 1996?

10.  The terms of your loan from Mr Robinson were set down in writing on 15 October 1996. When did you first reach agreement with Mr Robinson on them?

11.  Were you aware that you ought to have informed Britannia of a material change in your circumstances?

12.  At any time did you discuss with your solicitor (Mr Wegg-Prosser) his obligation to inform the Britannia of any material change in your circumstances or any third party loan towards the purchase price of the property?

13.  Did you instruct your solicitor to inform Britannia of the loan from Mr Robinson once he had settled the terms of the loan?

14.  When did you discover that Britannia had not been informed about your loan from Mr Robinson?

28 April 1999

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