Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 166

Letter to Mr Paul McKinney from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Further to our correspondence in March and the helpful discussion in Edinburgh I am writing to ask you for one further piece of information.

I have now interviewed a number of people and I find I am not quite clear about the detail of the conversation which you had with Dr Reid at Keir Hardy House.

You told me that you raised the staffing resource problem in the margins of the meeting. You confirmed that Dr Reid said something like "my boy Kevin isn`t doing anything, he could come and help".

I have been informed, and I see that it was reported in the Observer article of 23 January 2000, that Dr Reid went on to say "and I will find a way of paying him".

Please would you let me know whether that is a correct record of what Dr Reid said to you on that occasion.

You may prefer to telephone me with your reply, but in any case I would be grateful for a reply as soon as possible to enable me to conclude my enquiries.

May I thank you again for your assistance with my enquiries, which has been most helpful. I look forward to hearing from you.

18 April 2000

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