Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 67

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr John Maxton MP

This letter is to acknowledge receipt of the letter you sent me in response to mine of May 17th.

As I have come to expect it was evasive, misleading and largely irrelevant. But it is one more example to add to the many I shall be able to show the members of the Committee.

You make no effort to answer the very basic questions I asked you but I do not intend asking them again as I am sure that you will as ever try to fob me off with the same nonsense.

I make only one new point. In my letter I did not say that you had said in your letter of January 25th that you would wait for my response. I simply said "On January 27th you stated that you would wait a response from me before deciding whether to take the matter further."

For your information I enclose a copy of the BBC Scotland Web Site on the story at the time in which you are quoted as saying, "it is important that I give the members of parliament every opportunity immediately to give their side of the story and to provide me with evidence as to what did or did not occur.

When that`s happened I have to decide whether I should take the matter further or whether I have no need to.

If I need to take it further I will, of course, have to call witnesses and call for further evidence from the complainant" (in case you try to claim you were misquoted I should inform you that I have a recording of the interview you did that evening from which these extract words are taken.)

If you wish to make a response to this then only do so if you are going to give me a straight answer.

25 May 2000

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