Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Written Evidence

22.  Written statement by Ms Cara Walker, 21 October 2003

[See also Volume III, PCS Oral Evidence 21]

Ms Cara Walker, Constituency Secretary to Mr Iain Duncan Smith

I started working in September 2002, as Constituency Secretary to the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP. During this time I was being trained by Christine Watson, with whom I worked very closely and reported to.

How much contact did I have with Mrs Duncan Smith?

I would often overhear Christine liaise with Betsy over the phone about diary matters and constituency visits that Iain was to attend. I met her on a couple of occasions and would sometimes take messages for Christine to call her, if Christine was unable to answer the phone.

The main work that I undertook during the period of September 2002 to December 2002 was as follows:

·  Constituency Casework and all political correspondence from Iain's constituents-this work was overseen by Christine Watson.

·  Booking of tours around the House of Lords and House of Commons.

·  Booking of tickets for constituents to go and see Prime Ministers Questions.

·  Replying to invitations having checked with Christine whether Iain could attend or not.

·  Kept up the press Cuttings Books.

I had no direct involvement with the organisation of Iain's constituency diary—I would however reply to some of the invitations, as instructed by Christine.

Am I aware of any disquiet having been expressed at any point about whether or not it was appropriate for Mrs Duncan Smith to continue to be remunerated after September 2001 from Parliamentary funds?

I was unaware of any disquiet being expressed; however I was aware that Mrs Duncan Smith was being taken off the payroll.

21 October 2003

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