Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Eighth Report

Annex I


Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

from Mr Robert Syms MP

Thank you for your recent letter concerning the complaint you have received about my contribution to the Budget Debate on the 22nd March 2000. Having re-read my contribution I am happy with my speech except for the section when I mentioned the Construction Industry Scheme, when I should have drawn Members attention to my interests in the Register.

On this occasion I was called to speak at 9.22 pm as the last back bench speaker only had a few minutes to compress a long speech before the Front bench wind up. So under the pressure of time constraints I did not use my written speech and spoke without notes resulting in my omitting to mention my interest, for which I apologise.

When the House next debated the construction industry in Westminster Hall on Thursday 18th May 2000 you will see from the record that I did declare my interest at the beginning of my contribution (column 121 WH) and I hope you will accept that my failure to declare during the earlier debate was a genuine error.

26 March 2001

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