Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Eighth Report

Annex Ei

Letter to the Registrar of Members' Interests from Mr Archy Kirkwood MP

I am writing to draw your attention to the enclosed copy of the article in today's Independent newspaper. I am unable to shed any immediate light on the detailed allegations of non-disclosure, as the relevant financial records are all located in the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust office in York.

For the avoidance of doubt I have never personally received any money from the Trust. Any project work as a Trustee that I have been involved in has always been openly published each year in the JRRT's Annual Reports.

I obviously need a little time to seek to reconcile the newspaper allegations with the books and accounts in the JRRT headquarters. I have made arrangements to travel to York myself tomorrow to investigate the matter and I will write to you again with a full account of the Trust projects with which I was involved and the interest declarations I have made. Therefore, I may need to seek further advice about what, If any thing, I need to do thereafter.

20 December 2001

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