Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 132

File note by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

    Dr J Reid Mr J Maxton
    Thursday 20 April 2000
    Telephone conversation with Mr Rowley

I informed Mr Rowley that I had had confirmation from the Labour Party about two of the budget forecasts which he provided but the one with the Scottish Labour Party on top they said they had no knowledge of and did not know where it came from. I asked him if he could provide me with any other verification for that document and he said he would look into it.

I thanked him for his returned note of the conversation and said that I quite understood that he didn`t wish to say anything further at this juncture about what Dr Reid had said to him that he should say to me and what he should leave out.

Mr Rowley said that he did not wish to give any further information on that front at the moment but that if at any point Dr Reid implied that he was not telling the truth, he had a recorded conversation on tape with Dr Reid in which Dr Reid was instructing him on what to tell me and what not to tell me and he would then make that available to me.

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