Letter to Mr Duncan Wiggetts of Herbert
from the Chairman of the Committee on
Standards and Privileges
The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has
laid before the Committee a copy of your letter of 5 May
in reply to her letter of 28 April.
The Committee is grateful for the information you
have provided. It appreciates the wish of your client, the Britannia
Building Society, to maintain the confidentiality of its dealings
with its members, but in case there should be any misunderstanding
on the point it has asked me to point out that the House of Commons
has conferred upon it by Standing Order the power to send for
persons, papers and records, and that the Committee reserves the
right to use those powers in furtherance of its own enquiries
or the Commissioner's if it should prove necessary to do so.
In your letter to the Commissioner of 7 April you
explained your reasons for not supplying her with a copy of your
report to the Society which she had asked for. The Committee considers
that the report may assist it to reach a conclusion on the matters
it is currently considering, and I would therefore be grateful
if you would now send a copy to the Clerk of the Committee.
12 May 1999