Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Eighth Report

Annex H


Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

from Sir Michael Spicer MP

Thank you for your letter of 22nd March referring to the letter from the Labour MP, Mr John Cryer. The speech to which Mr Cryer refers was one of two very similar speeches I made around the same time in which I argued for greater competition and less regulation for industry as a whole. The first speech, made on 17th November 1999 was criticised in your report of 23rd May 2000. Although I had previously registered and, where I thought appropriate, had declared the interest in Parliament, I have been meticulous since your report, where there has been the slightest possibility of any indirect read across, to re-declare the interest. I would consider any attempt further to pursue this matter by a Labour controlled committee to be politically vindictive. Indeed it would be outrageously unbalanced taking into account other cases of a far more serious nature brought against Labour MPs and which have been largely dropped by the committee. The whole process is now in danger of being brought into great disrepute.

26 March 2001

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