Letter to Mr Jonathan Upton from the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards
This letter is to confirm the meeting arranged with
your office today for Thursday 20 April at 3 pm. I was sorry
that illness prevented us meeting on 5 and 10 April. I do hope
you are fully recovered as I understand you have had a particularly
heavy workload since your return.
As I explained during our telephone conversation,
I am investigating allegations that staff employed on Westminster
allowances were deployed for some time on Labour Party campaign
work for the Scottish Parliament.
So that I may decide whether these allegations have
any substance, I would be grateful if you would bring with you
on Thursday or send me the following:-
1. Copies of all your documentary records concerning
the employment of Mr Kevin Reid, Ms Suzanne Hilliard and Mr Chris
Winslow during the years 1998-1999 including the dates they were
employed by the Labour Party, the hours they were employed and
whether the party was aware of other employment.
2. The dates on which contracts were altered
or switched in any way, the reasons for such changes and details
of the requests, in writing or orally, which were made concerning
any such changes.
3. I understand that the changes which were made
were built into the staffing budgets. Please would you let me
have copies of these documents.
4. I have also been informed that some of these
staff were paid bonuses after the campaign was complete. Please
would you let me know the basis on which the bonuses were calculated,
the grounds on which they were awarded and the amounts paid to
any of these three staff.
If you have other information which would help provide
a complete picture of the employment arrangements for these staff
perhaps you would let me have it so that I can ensure my report
to the Committee on Standards and Privileges is completely accurate.
I am sure I do not need to inform you about the basis
on which I ask for this information but for completeness I will
add the standard information we provide. The House of Commons
has conferred upon the Select Committee by Standing Order the
power to send for persons, papers and records, and the Committee
reserves the right to use those powers in furtherance of its own
inquiries or the Commissioner`s if it should prove necessary to
As you will appreciate, I am anxious not to prolong
this investigation unnecessarily and would be grateful for this
information on Thursday or as soon as possible.
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday 20 April
at 3 pm. Please come to the Reception in 7 Millbank where you
will be met.
17 April 2000