Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 43

Letter to Mr John Maxton MP from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Thank you for your letters of 2 and 6 March and the copy of the statement from Mr Winslow.

I enclose an extract from the Code of Conduct and Rules which sets out the complaints procedure. The powers of the Committee which they use as necessary to support my work are summarised at paragraphs 70 and 71. I also enclose a copy of the Standing Orders of the Commissioner and the Committee.

As I explained when we discussed the process on the telephone, I make the enquiries I feel are necessary to ensure that a complaint has been thoroughly investigated. If I find any evidence which is at variance with the response I have received from the Member, I put that to the Member for consideration and, where appropriate, challenge before I take a view on the complaint.

8 March 2000

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