Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex IV16

Letter to Ms Eileen Eggington QPM from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Thank you for your letter of 8 November 2001 and the copy of the letter from David Price Solicitors.

I am very sorry indeed to hear that you are having to deal with allegations against yourself and letters from solicitors. I do appreciate how disturbing this must be.

Any attempt to put pressure on a witness to an investigation which I undertake would be a contempt of the House. I am bringing your letters to the attention of the Chairman of the Standards and Privileges Committee forthwith.

May I assure you that I appreciate your decision to bring information to my attention to assist the investigation which is in progress.

Please would you let me know immediately if you receive any further approaches of any kind in relation to this matter.

9 November 2001

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