Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 12

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from the Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP

Thank you for your letter of 14 April. It is helpful to have the clarification of the term "official meeting". I am also obliged for your statement that the complaint by Mr Nelson has not been extended in any way.

I note you write that illness has prevented the conclusion of all your enquiries. I further note that you will provide me with details of your enquiries.

In the circumstances it would be better to await conclusion of your enquiries before our meeting proceeds. As you are aware, I wish to be advised of the content of any statements, documents or other materials your enquiries have produced in order that I may best be able to explain or clarify any areas of concern you may have. Given that conclusion of your enquiries is presumably some time off a meeting can be arranged thereafter.

In the meantime if there is any evidence which you have collected which seems to you to be, as you put it, at variance with my statement, I would be pleased to be informed of what this might be.

17 April 2000

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