Letter to Councillor John Anderson
from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
Thank you for your e-mail of 6 February 2001.
My responsibility is to look into complaints concerning
Members of Parliament in their role as a Member of Parliament.
My remit does not extend to looking into a Member of Parliament's
actions in the role of local councillor.
I see that you have also raised matters with the
Chief Executive of Larne Borough Council, the Chief Local Government
Auditor (N1) and Customs and Excise who are the appropriate authorities
to look into several of the matters which relate to the local
Turning to Mr Beggs' alleged actions in his role
as a Member of Parliament I would be grateful if you would provide
me with any evidence which supports the following statements that
Mr Beggs has not registered;
a landfill site at Ballyrickard Road,
income he receives from this site
undeclared property interests which
may be in the Inver area of Larne
If you will let me have this information I will decide
whether I should investigate these matters.
In addition, if you have evidence concerning any
other matters which you feel you should bring to my attention,
you should let me have it.
I enclose a leaflet about the complaints process
for you information. The Code of Conduct and Rules can be found
at http://www.parliament.uk under House of Commons Home Page.
Once there, go to the House Publications and click on the Index-icon,
then click on C and go to Code of Conduct and Rules, alternatively,
you can go to http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199697/cmstand/688/codefc.htm
I would be grateful for a signed copy of your e-mail
of 6 February 2001, which I require before I may commence an investigation.
I am e-mailing this reply to you and will send the hard copy by
7 February 2001