Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Tenth and Eleventh Report


APPENDIX 4

Letter to all members of the Social Security Committee from

the Rt Hon Robert Sheldon MP, Chairman of the Committee on Standards and Privileges

  

The Committee on Standards and Privileges is considering the Third Special Report of the Social Security Committee about the unauthorised receipt by Mr Don Touhig, the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, of a photocopy of the Chairman's draft report on child benefit.

Mr Touhig has confirmed that he received a copy of the report from a member of the Social Security Committee, but he feels unable to identify the person responsible as that person has withheld his or her consent. Every member of the Committee continues to be under suspicion until this matter is resolved.

The Committee on Standards and Privileges has asked me to put this question to you:

"Did you give Mr Touhig a copy of the report?"

The Committee would be grateful if you would answer "Yes" or "No" and if you would ensure that your reply is received by the Clerk of the Committee on Standards and Privileges, Committee Office (Main Building), House of Commons not later than 3.00 pm on Monday 19 July.

For the present you should treat this letter as confidential. The Committee on Standards and Privileges may decide in due course to publish both this letter and your reply.

I am writing in identical terms to every member of the Social Security Committee.

15 July 1999




Replies to the Rt Hon Robert Sheldon MP from members of the Social Security Committee

MS KAREN BUCK:      "No."

MR ANDREW DISMORE:  "No."

MR HOWARD FLIGHT:    "No."

MRS JOAN HUMBLE:    "No."

MISS JULIE KIRKBRIDE:  "No."

MR ARCHY KIRKWOOD:  "The answer to the Committee's question is no."

MR EDWARD LEIGH:    "No."

KALI MOUNTFORD:    "My answer is no, I did not."

DR DOUG NAYSMITH:    "No."

MR CHRIS POND:      "No, I did not."

MS DEBRA SHIPLEY:    "My answer is No."


 
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