Letter to Mr Michael Trend MP
from the Parliamentary Commissioner for
Thank you for your letter of 21 January in response
to mine of 6 January. You said that I might come back to you if
I would like further details and there are one or two points which
I think it would be useful to follow up so that the Standards
and Privileges Committee and I may fully understand the position.
First, you refer a number of times in your letter
to conversations you had with the Fees Office about your situation.
The nature of these conversations is clearly important to understanding
how the misunderstanding you describe arose. Do you have a record
of any of these conversations? Even a diary entry would be helpful
in confirming when they occurred.
Secondly, in the third paragraph of your letter you
refer to the varying pattern of your overnight stays in London.
Again, do you have any record of these stays (even if only partial
Thirdly, in the fourth paragraph of your letter you
say that, for the purposes of ACA, your main home continued to
be in London even after you had bought your home in Windsor in
1994. How did you understand that this could be so?
Fourthly, on page 2 of your letter you say (in the
fifth paragraph on that page) that you discussed the definition
of your main home with Mr Cameron after the Mail on Sunday published
its article on 15 December. Was that the first occasion on which
you had discussed that matter with the Fees Office or had you
discussed it on any previous occasions? If so, with what outcome?
I intend to ask the Director of Operations, Mr Archie
Cameron, for his comments on these matters and will copy to you
my letter to him. Meanwhile I am sending him a copy of this letter
and yours, for information.
Finally, I repeat my invitation to you to let me
have, should you wish to do so, any suggestions you might wish
to make to help Members avoid such a misunderstanding in future.
22 January 2003