Mr Andrew Mackay and Ms Julie Kirkbride - Standards and Privileges Committee Contents

39.  E-mail to the Commissioner from Rt Hon Andrew Mackay, 2 August 2010

As promised on my return I have now considered [the former Head of the Fees Office's] response.

I am pleased that he now understands the date we moved into [the Bromsgrove property] which means, not surprisingly given the passage of time, that his recollection was incorrect. I also note that he thinks "perhaps the word 'retrospectively' be deleted".

I have a very clear recollection of the advice he gave me in September 1997 and that is precisely why my first reaction was to ring him on that crucial day in May 2009. I note you only sent him an extract from my e-mail of 13 July. If that did not include the paragraph concerning the evidence of the Director of Strategic Projects I believe this might have affected answer b) [from the former Head of the Fees Office].

Please let me know if I can be of further help.

2 August 2010

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