Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex ii50

Letter to Ms Maria Fernandes from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Thank you for your letter of 6 August. I am disappointed not to have received your additions and corrections to the record of our meeting held on 4 July 2001 as I do not wish to delay my work on this matter.

As I explained at our meeting and subsequently my only purpose is to obtain from you complete and accurate replies to my questions. I would therefore be grateful if you would let me have any corrections and additions as soon as possible. If there are matters which you wish to be sidelined on the record you are most welcome to tell me that too.

I am pleased to hear that you are expecting to respond further on the points raised when you have taken advice and I look forward to receiving your response in due course. I am glad to hear that Mr Pathan is looking into matters which I raised with him and I hope that he will be able to respond to me shortly.

You have raised again the record taken during our meeting. I can only repeat my apology that the efforts which I made to ensure that your answers were accurately and fully recorded have upset you. I introduced the House of Commons shorthand writer to you. She sat at the table with us and as I explained she used a tape recorder, which was in full view on the table, to backup her shorthand and ensure that the record was accurate.

I note that you will return to London at the end of August but I hope that you will be able to return the transcript to me before that date or in any case as soon as possible thereafter.

Thank you again for your help in this matter.

9 August 2001

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