File note by the Parliamentary Commissioner
Mr John Maxton
3 March 2000
Telephone call with Mr Maxton
Mr Maxton told me that he would be sending me his
response shortly for which I thanked him. We then had quite a
lengthy discussion of the matters that he`d raised in his letters
and which I felt I had replied to.
Mr Maxton believes it is inappropriate for me to
have begun an investigation into the complaint against him because
he does not consider that I have sufficient evidence. I have explained
the basis on which I am proceeding, that I am waiting for his
response, that I am following up the other witnesses who have
been mentioned to me and when I have all these pieces of information
I will ensure that if there is any discrepancy between his account
and others that he will know of that and he will be able to comment
on it and challenge it if he wishes prior to my making any decision
or reporting to the Committee.
Mr Maxton is most unhappy about this as a process
and he believes I should dismiss the complaint as malicious and
a vendetta. I have explained that I cannot do this and that I
must treat both complainant and the Member of Parliament equally
Mr Maxton said he would have to take this up with
the House authorities but would be replying to me shortly.
I said to Mr Maxton that I realise how distressing
complaints but the best way to take the matter forward was for
him to give me his reply to these allegations.