Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Thirteenth Report

Appendix 2: Letter to the Clerk of the Committee from Mr John Prescott, 19 July 2006

I am very grateful to you for allowing me to see a copy of the report prepared by Sir Philip Mawer following the complaint and allegations made against me by Hugo Swire MP. I should like to thank Sir Philip for the courteous and careful way that he has prepared his report, which I fully accept.

I, and my department, also accept Sir Philip's concern about the procedures operated within my department for reporting gifts to my Accounting Officer. I have asked my department to undertake an urgent review of its procedures, and we have already begun to implement new procedures.

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