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

68.  Letter to Mr Ian Kirkbride from the Commissioner, 15 March 2010

Thank you for your letter of 11 March, responding to mine of 17 February, with your assistance in my consideration of this complaint. I was most grateful for your help and for this response.

There was one point on which I hope you may be able to help me a little further. It relates to your overnight stays in the constituency when you were not there for childcare purposes but were preparing to support Ms Kirkbride and her staff on IT matters, including the maintenance of her website. I appreciate that you did not keep detailed diaries and so cannot give me precise figures. But it would be very helpful if I could have some sense of how often in a month, or a year, you would spend the day or the overnight in the property for this additional purpose. For example, would it have been one Sunday night a month, or was it less frequent than that? I need to ask you because it may be helpful to me, in coming to a conclusion on this matter, to know whether you regularly used this property for this purpose, or whether it was occasional, or even very occasional.

It would be very helpful if you could let me have a response to this final point within the next week or so. In the meantime, I will be showing your letter to Ms Kirkbride and including it with the papers on which I am consulting the House authorities. In due course, as you know, this correspondence is likely to be published once my inquiry is completed.

Thank you again for your help and I look forward to hearing from you.

15 March 2010

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