Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 186A

Letter to Annmarie Whyte from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

I am sorry to have to trouble you again but I need to ask you to clarify one further point. I am in the process of writing my report to the Committee on Standards and Privileges and have realised that I have not obtained some information which is necessary in order to explain to the Committee the bonuses paid to Mr Kevin Reid, Mr Winslow and Ms Hilliard for their work on the Scottish election campaign.

I would be grateful if you would let me know the following:

1.  The number of weeks over which a member of staff was required to have given an extra 25 hours or more work to receive the maximum bonus.

2.  Whether staff self-certified the extra hours they had worked. If so, in what form the self-certification was given.

3.  Whether any other member of staff or manager was required to certify or countersign the extra hours worked. If so, who did this for these staff members?

4.  Whether any of the volunteers who worked on the campaign were paid a bonus. If so, how many were paid any bonus and how many were paid the maximum bonus?

Perhaps you would send me copies of the records or claims which led to the bonus assessments and payments.

22 August 2000

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