Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
from Mr Michel Fallon MP
Thank you for sending me a copy of your draft report
of 2nd May 2001.
Paragraph 20 is not accurate:
In line 5 the Chairman's name is Mr Duncan Bannatyne.
In line 8, your clerk has misinterpreted or misunderstood.
I said I did not believe that there was anything in writing about
the appointment, meaning between the dates of 22nd December, when
it was offered, and 29th December, when it was registered. I checked
my files to this effect whilst she was on the telephone to me
in order to double check whether there was any specific letter
of appointment, which there was not.
In view of this, I would also object to the whole
of paragraph 23 which follows from this misinterpretation or misunderstanding.
I certainly object to the third sentence of this paragraph and
to the emphasis given to the word 'think' which is not apparent
from the file note at annex F1.
The final sentence of the paragraph 20 is irrelevant:
I only made this comment because I could not check immediately
whether the change of name had taken effect subsequent to my appointment.
It is now clear to me that this happened sometime previously because
my entry in the Register shows the new name.
I have now checked the speech of 7th December. Again,
though I was speaking about small businesses, it could be argued
that I should have declared my interest in Just Learning Ltd and
I apologise to you and the Committee for this oversight.
Finally, for the sake of completeness, I should add
that I do not believe that I have ever spoken about my business
interests in the House in any debate nor advocated them in any
2 May 2001