Reply to the Chairman of the Committee
on Standards and Privileges from Mr Duncan Wiggetts of Herbert Smith
Thank you for your letter of 12th May 1999.
I have obtained the Society's instructions to release
to you and your Committee a copy of the report which we submitted
to the Society earlier this year in respect of the transaction
which your Committee is presently reviewing.
Whilst we understand the Committee's wide powers
to require evidence and documents to be provided to it, and we
do not wish in any way to hinder the Committee's review, we have
been asked by the Society to request that, if at all possible,
the report be kept confidential to the Committee and not be published
with the Committee's final report on this matter. We should make
it clear that Mr Mandelson himself was not provided at the time,
and has still not been provided, with a copy of this report.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if either I
or the Society can be of any further assistance.
13 May 1999