File note by the Parliamentary Commissioner
Mr Gresty was very distressed. He said that Mrs Gresty
has had a letter today from Ms Fernandes' solicitors implying
that she has broken confidentiality and that Ms Fernandes is thinking
of suing her. He asked what he should do. I said I could not be
involved at all in a court case that was being run between two
people, even if both those people were involved in an inquiry.
However, if he wanted to set out for me in writing, what he had
said to me on the telephone, that he felt that this was a threat
and that it was undue pressure on Mrs Gresty, he was welcome to
do that. I said I was sure the Standards and Privileges Committee
would take it very seriously if they felt at any time that anybody,
who had in the public interest provided information to an inquiry,
was being subjected to threats or pressure because they had acted
in that way.
I said to Mr Gresty that of course I couldn't comment
on the contents of the solicitor's letter because that what had
or had not happened in relation to that matter and was not a matter
for me. He said he fully understood that but that he would write
to me immediately because he was very concerned about this letter.
I asked him how Mrs Gresty's health was and he said that she was
doing very well indeed but that this was "a bodyblow".