Letter to the Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP from
the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
Thank you for your letter of 13 April. I am sorry
about the confusion of terminology. My office used the term `official`
to make sure that you knew I would be making a record of any information
you give to me as part of my enquiry. You are of course welcome
to have an informal discussion with me at any time on any matter.
The complaint has not been extended in any way. The
complaint was that, for some period, staff employed on salaries
funded through the Westminster allowances were deployed on Labour
Party Campaign work for the Scottish election.
I have not concluded all my enquiries as illness
has cancelled some meetings and they have been rescheduled. When
my enquiries are complete I will, of course, provide you with
details of any evidence which I have collected which seems to
be at variance with your statement before I take any view on such
The meeting we have arranged for 19 April is to allow
me to make sure I have a full picture of your understanding of
the events. I will have a colleague present to take a note and
I shall ask you if you are happy for me to record our discussion
so that I have a precise record of your answers. If you are happy
with this arrangement I shall send you a copy of the transcript
for you to correct before I make any use of it. I always inform
Members that they are welcome to be accompanied at meetings if
Perhaps you would let me know if you are willing
to meet me on Wednesday, as arranged, now that I have explained
the purpose and arrangements more fully. You may prefer to talk
to me on the telephone and if so perhaps you would let me know
when this would be convenient.
Unless I hear to the contrary I shall assume our
arrangements stand and that we shall meet on Wednesday 19 April
at 5.30 pm at 7 Millbank.
14 April 2000