Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Suzanne Hilliard
May I first of all apologise for the delay in replying
to youmy honours year course work has been piling up. Please
find below the answers to your list of supplementary questions.
1. 1 November 1998-30 June 1999. The hours were
contracted as "20 hours variable" per week.
2. It is difficult to give any such figure. I
did not keep a record of hours worked. The check on my duties
was measured by how I met them. I believe I did all that was required
of me. Sometimes this took more than 20 hours in any one week.
3. As I did not have a specific period of hours
in any one day, Labour Party work did not in some way displace
any work for Dr Reid. I was able to do the work for him in the
4. No. The campaign ended in May 1999.
5. I did not keep a record of hours. As I indicated
in my statement I spent more time on the campaign as it went on.
This started with afternoons and expanded into evenings. I still
did my work for Dr Reid in the mornings.
6. My job with Dr Reid was not structured as
an office job and the hours were variable in the sense that I
was not expected to carry out 20 hours per week every week. Some
weeks I am sure the 20 hours was exceeded, others, as I indicated
in my statement, it was not.
I hope this information is of use to you.
1 March 2000