Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 75

Letter to Mr John W Thomas from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

  I was most concerned to received your letter of 5 September 2000. As you know, I am undertaking a parliamentary enquiry and as such my questions should be answered with proper care. I have requested your assistance with my enquiry because you are the person who has some pieces of information which I require before I may conclude on one matter.

  May I reassure you again that neither you, nor the Labour Party, are subjects of my enquiry and that it is quite incorrect to say that I question your conduct. I am seeking accurate facts from you so that, when I report on the Standards and Privileges Committee on the statements from witnesses, I can seek to disprove or confirm those witness statements.

  I would be grateful if you would let me have your replies to the questions I set out on 13 July as soon as possible. Those questions were as follows:

    1.  Please would you let me know whether you have ever made an appeal for any funds, for any purpose and suggested that councillors set aside part of their allowance for the purpose.

    2.  Would you send me copies of minutes which record any such appeal with your verification as secretary that they are a correct record.

    3.  Would you set out for me the circumstances of the appeal for funds, the use to which funds raised in this way were put, the dates concerned and how much you were able to raise in this way. If you have a list of donors that would be most helpful.

  If there are any matters which continue to concern you please do not hesitate to telephone me.

  May I thank you for your assistance in advance

19 September 2000

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