Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Written Evidence

8.  Letter to the Commissioner from Mr Quentin Davies MP, 15 October 2003

[See also Volume III, PCS Oral Evidence 6]

May I be allowed, in the context of the Inquiry you announced yesterday into Iain Duncan Smith's employment of his wife, to submit a small piece of testimony of my own?

I have on several occasions during the period covered by your Inquiry (which I understand runs from September 2001 to December 2002) dealt with Mrs Duncan Smith for the purposes of leaving or receiving messages for Mr Duncan Smith, establishing his programme or making arrangements to speak on the telephone or meet with him. Mrs Duncan Smith always dealt very courteously and efficiently with these requests and I never received any sense at all that she no longer played the same role in relation to Mr Duncan Smith's arrangements and Parliamentary duties that she had done in the period before September 2001 when I had the same type of dealings with her.

No-one has solicited me, and I have consulted no one in deciding to write this letter. Mr Duncan Smith, Mrs Duncan Smith and their staff and advisers will therefore be entirely unaware that I am sending it to you. However, I am now as a courtesy sending Mr Duncan Smith a copy of it.

15 October 2003

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