Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 198

Letter to Mr Jonathan Upton from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Thank you for your fax of today`s date.

I am glad to have your assurance that the Labour Party documents I have seen are accurate.

I am sorry to tell you that your assertion that the information I requested in my letter of 25 May has nothing to do with the House of Commons or Members of Parliament is incorrect. You will have seen that the notes 7 and 8 to the documents specifically mention Dr Reid MP and Mr Maxton MP who, as you aware, are subject to my investigation. (I enclose a copy of document 1.)

In my letter of 18 May I asked to check the audited accounts to verify what was actually paid to Mr Chris Winslow and Mr Kevin Reid. Would you please let me have that information by return.

I am afraid to tell you that the lack of this information is preventing me from concluding my investigation. I shall need to report this delay to the Standards and Privileges Committee on Tuesday next, 20 June 2000, unless you are able to provide this information or let me know what difficulties you are facing in assisting me.

15 June 2000

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