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
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
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