Letter to Mr Colin Hall, Chairman, Leicester
East Constituency Labour Party, from the Parliamentary Commissioner
Thank you for your e-mail received on 18 May
2000 and for your undertaking that neither you nor the Leicester
East Constituency Labour Party will commence any proceedings against
Mr Kamal in respect of the contents of his confidential letter
to me of 17 April 2000.
I accept your apology concerning the impression
given to Mr Kamal, and me, by your letter to Mr Kamal of 8 May
2000 and will convey your apology to the Standards and Privileges
Would you now kindly respond to my request and
send me the copy of Mr Kamal's letter which you were sent, anonymously,
on or around 25 April, along with its envelope. I would also be
glad to receive your confirmation that you have also retrieved
and destroyed any copies of that letter which were made.
Thank you for your offer to provide me with
evidence for my enquiry. I will approach you should that become
necessary, but at present it is not. My only responsibility is
to look into complaints about Members of Parliament and I do not
follow up all the information which is provided to me during an
investigation where I decide this is unnecessary.
My enquiries are confidential and decisions
about whom I should contact and the information I need to collect
are entirely mine. I do not publicise an enquiry in any way. When
I report my findings to the Standards and Privileges Committee
they publish a report along with mine and the evidence on which
decisions have been taken.
I enclose a copy of a note which sets out my
investigation process for your information.
I would appreciate a reply by return so that
I can assure the Standards and Privileges Committee on Tuesday
next, 23 May, that you have returned the copy of Mr Kamal's letter.
19 May 2000