Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 151

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Finers Stephens Innocent, Solicitors

  We write further to your faxed letter of 21 June.

  With the greatest respect, you have not replied to my client's questions relating to Sir Peter Soulsby, as set out in our letters of 9, 16 and 21 June 2000. As we set out in our letter of 21 June, Sir Peter Soulsby's motives and involvement in this matter are of course of great concern to our client and also highly relevant. You will in the light of a conflict of evidence between Mr Kapasi and Sir Peter Soulsby choose between them. If you have an interest in relation to Sir Peter Soulsby from past dealings with him, then that should have been declared. Your impartially in this matter is of course paramount to the credibility and validity of your enquiry and the process you undertake.

  Our client is most concerned that you are deliberately withholding this information from him for some reason and you will appreciate therefore, that his original hesitancy in meeting with you, has only been exacerbated.

  He has no wish to be deliberately unhelpful to Parliament or to its enquiry, but is also concerned that as an independent third party, there are no rules or regulations which govern how he will be dealt with and he is most concerned not to be unnecessarily dragged into a matter where there is no protection for him.

  He has taken the step of preparing a statutory declaration setting out his position which we now enclose. As this sets out his understanding of the matter in full, we trust this should be sufficient for your purposes. We should be grateful if you would kindly acknowledge receipt of the enclosure to this letter.

26 June 2000

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