Select Committee on Public Administration Fourth Report

Annex 3

Letter from Tony Wright, MP to Madam Speaker of 29 June

I write to bring to your attention an issue that the Select Committee has today resolved to investigate.

The Committee had already decided to inquire into the role of special advisers. It has now resolved to add an examination of Short Money to this inquiry, believing that this fits naturally into the general issue of public resources for adviser support to parties (whether in government or opposition). Our evidence session with Lord Neill helped to persuade the Committee of this linkage.

The Committee has therefore taken the view that this matter falls properly within its terms of reference, but felt that it would be appropriate to inform you of its decision.

Tony Wright, MP
29 June 2000

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