Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 109

Letter to Suzanne Hilliard from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Thank you for your statement which I received on 14 February and for providing me with helpful information. I see you are aware that I am investigating allegations that while you were employed as Westminster staff, paid by the Fees Office at the House of Commons, you were deployed on the Labour Party campaign for the Scottish Parliament election.

I would be grateful to receive the following additional information from you to assist my enquiries:

1.  Please would you let me have the exact dates you were employed by Dr Reid and the hours you were contracted to work on Westminster parliamentary work for that period.

2.  You say you were required to work up to 20 hours a week. On average, how many hours a week did you work?

3.  Did you ever work on the Labour Party campaign during hours you were paid from the Fees Office? If so please give details.

4.  During the period April 1998-December 1999 did you ever work full time on the Labour Party campaign?

5.  During the campaign how many hours a day on average did you work for the Labour Party? Please give dates.

6.  Any other information which you feel will give me a complete picture of the arrangements or which adds to your replies.

You may prefer to discuss these matters in the first instance and if so please would you telephone this office to arrange a convenient time for a telephone discussion or meeting.

May I thank you in advance for your help.

16 February 2000

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