Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report

Annex 49

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

Thank you for telephoning me on Tuesday 4 April. This letter is to confirm the arrangements we made. We agreed to pencil into our diaries a meeting for 5pm on 17 April 2000 in my office in 7 Millbank (Room 418). The purpose of the meeting is for me to clarify the details of your response to the complaint which I have been investigating.

You asked me to put in writing before we met any evidence which is at variance with yours. I agreed to your request but said that this arrangement would only be possible if I had completed all the interviews which I am undertaking in time to allow me to write to you.

I very much hope we are able to meet on Monday 17 April so that I can bring my inquiries to a close as soon as possible. If I am unable to complete my inquiries I will write to you in good time before that meeting. I will let your office know in the preceding week so that we can arrange to postpone the meeting to a later date.

For the sake of completeness I felt I should add that when we do meet I shall be requesting you to allow the meeting to be tape recorded so that I have a precise record of what you wish to say to me. As usual I will of course provide you with a copy of the transcript so that you may correct it before I make use of it. I shall be accompanied by a colleague who will also take a note. You are of course welcome to be accompanied if you wish it. I hope you will be happy with these arrangements but if you would like to talk through any of these matters again, please do not hesitate to contact me.

6 April 2000

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