Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 16

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

I have been reviewing the documents you sent me concerning the complaint by Mr Nelson.

The documents from Mr Nelson and Mr McKinney make insulting and offensive remarks about me. Others are said to raise questions about the propriety of my actings. I can understand why you have sent the documents to me, however I also have information from you concerning John Maxton MP and Chris Winslow. I am very concerned that you have disseminated the documents concerning me to others including Mr Maxton.

It is unpleasant enough to have to deal with this complaint without currency being given to it by others. Will you assure me that the documents referring to me in offensive terms and attacking my reputation have been restricted to your office and to me? If this is not the case please inform me to whom the documents have been passed and for what reason.

2 June 2000

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