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
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