Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 168

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Paul McKinney

Thank you for your letter of 18 April. I must apologise for the delay in replying.

You asked about my recollections of the conversation with Dr Reid. I cannot be certain of his exact words. I think when I was first pushed on this point I may have said, in the context of the line of questioning, that Dr Reid had mentioned payment. However now that I have been forced to consider these issues in such depth I cannot swear to Dr Reid`s words, and certainly cannot guarantee that he talked about cash. What I am certain of is that he talked to me and said Kevin was free to work. Further to that I am not sure enough of what was said to make a definite statement.

I am sorry I cannot be of further help.

5 May 2000

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