Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 181

Letter to Lesley Quinn from the Chairman of the Standards and Privileges Committee

At the meeting yesterday of the Committee on Standards and Privileges the Commissioner reported to us that you had not provided her with certain information she had requested to assist her with one of her current inquiries. The Commissioner has told us that she is unable to conclude her inquiry without considering this information from you.

The Commissioner wrote to you on 18 May to say that she understood that the Scottish Labour Party, as employer, had provided Mr Kevin Reid with a financial reference. She asked you to provide her with a copy of any such reference.

We are aware that you have had a period of holiday but were concerned to hear that telephone enquiries about your response have not been returned. We expect people who are in a position to assist the Commissioner`s inquiries to co-operate fully and to make available any relevant information they may have. It is in everyone`s interests, including the Member who is the subject of the complaint, that this matter should be resolved.

The House has given the Committee certain powers to compel witnesses to provide information. We would prefer not to use those powers unless it was necessary to do so to enable the Commissioner to carry out the job the House has appointed her to do. I very much hope, therefore, that you will arrange to provide the Commissioner with the information by return.

21 June 2000

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