Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr John Maxton MP
Thank you for your letter of 16th February. I apologise
for the delay in replying but I had to take advice and as you
will appreciate I am very busy. I have noted its contents.
I will be able to give you a response to your original
letter early next week.
I am concerned, however, that you have failed to
answer most the points I raised with you in my most recent letter.
My major concern is the fact that you appear to be
carrying out an investigation into Mr Nelson`s allegation against
me on the basis of a bald statement of accusation from someone
who is at best a second hand witness to the events he purports
Surely it is not for you or indeed me to prove the
allegations false but for him to prove that they have some substance
before you start any investigation at all. So far he has singularly
failed to do this yet you appear to be working on the assumption
that he has at least made a case for investigation.
I note your statement that you do not provide either
side with details of my contacts during an investigation. Firstly
that makes it clear that you are undertaking an investigation
on the flimsiest of evidence. Secondly you make it clear that
you consider there are two sides. Thirdly that may be true of
third parties in the investigation but cannot be true of the original
So I ask again what further contact you have had
with Mr Nelson? How many phone calls have been made by you to
him or visa-versa. Have you seen Mr Nelson and if so what did
you discuss? In particular has he made any statements on the provision
of the tapes as he promised? If not, how long to you intend to
wait before deciding that there is no case for me to answer? It
is now FOUR WEEKS since Mr Nelson made his original accusation.
I will write to you again next week.
23 February 2000