Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex ii52

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Ms Maria Fernandes

Thank you for your letter of 9 August.

As you know I have gone out of my way to co-operate with you fully. That is why I came to see you on the 4th July.

However I do believe that I was entitled to be told that I was being taped and indeed consent to being taped and if I did not so consent to be sent a note of the meeting. There is a clear distinction between a note of the meeting and a transcript which is what you are now asking me to approve. (Para 12 Ninth Report).

Despite this I have now had an opportunity of reading the transcript and in view of your comments that you are

"not wishing to interfere in your affairs in any way" (page 2)

and that you are not "trying to poke into your private practice" (page 16)

and your statement in your letter that "If there are matters which you wish to be sidelined on the record you are most welcome to tell me that too"

I would be grateful if all references to my legal practice and any other personal matters be deleted. If you wish to have page references I will be happy to provide this.

27 August 2001

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