Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 156

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

  We write further to our letter of 27 June 2000.

  We note that while you responded on 28 June 2000, that letter stated "May I deal with some of your points". (Our highlight.)

  Except for noting our "inaccurate comments about [your] interest" you have not dealt with our queries set out in our letter of 27 June, relating to Peter Soulsby.

  Neither, have you provided us with transcripts and tapes of The Sunday Times article of 14 May 2000, or the "other evidence" to which you referred out client as we have requested.

  You informed our client on the telephone on Tuesday 27 March, that if he did not come to see you by Friday 30 June, that is today, then you would report to the Chairman of the Committee that he had not co-operated by failing to come to meet you. While these various other matters are outstanding, you will appreciate that we cannot of course advise our client as to whether or not he should meet with you.

  We should therefore be grateful if you would deal with these outstanding matters without further delay.

30 June 2000

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