Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 135

E-mail correspondence between Mr Alex Rowley and the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

To:The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
From:Alex Rowley
Date:15 May 2000 12:36
Subject:Response to Letters

Sorry for the delay in responding to your letter of 4 May 2000. I have been very busy over the last few weeks and have not had the time to study your questions in detail. Now that I have I am not sure how helpful I can be. I should stress that while I was in charge of the budget in Scotland, it was put together and managed by Annmarie Whyte who was the office manager. Document one (I am faxing the rest of this to you) was an early draft of projected costs and expenditure for the election campaign.

Question 1 — a) and d) My understanding at the time is that both would be receiving a total payment of £1,100 per month when you put their salary from the Labour Party together with their salary from the MPs.

Question 2 — a) I assume that document 2 was put together before the decision was taken to increase Chris Winslows salary to bring it into line with Kevin Reids.

b, c and d) I would refer you to 1a above.

e) It may be that the figure shown is the total cost to the Party, i.e. national insurance etc.

f) This would be the total cost of Kevin Reid to the Party for the total period he was employed. For the purpose of the Party, a total election cost of Kevin. You will note that there are staff named in these documents who were on the general fund. Every person who has a sum of money against them were taken on to help prepare for the Scottish election.

Question 3 a) and b) This represents the total expenditure of both individuals to the Party for the purpose of the internal election account.

As I said, Annmarie Whyte was responsible for drawing up these documents.

I refer to your letter of 12 May 2000.

1) At the time when I started to work for the Party in Glasgow, we did not have a media monitoring function. The comparison you look for can be made with what Millbank pay a basic media monitor.

11) My recollection of the extra money is that it was administered by Annmarie Whyte.

I have tried to answer the questions as best as I can.

To:The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
From:Alex Rowley
Date:15 May 2000 13:25

I have sent a fax of the earliest financial document I have on budget projection. This document was put together before we had decided to move our HQ to Delta House. As you will see note 58 we were intending at that point to use the basement in our existing HQ.

To:Alex Rowley
From:The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Many thanks.

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