Letter to Baroness Prashar from Baroness
Royall of Blaisdon, Leader of the House, Sunday 25 January 2009
You will no doubt have seen the allegations
published in the Sunday Times this morning concerning four
Peers (Lord Truscott, Lord Taylor of Blackburn, Lord Snape and
Lord Moonie) which have subsequently been given wide circulation
in the media. Given the circumstances and the serious nature of
the allegations made by the Sunday Times, I feel it would
be appropriate for the Sub-Committee on Lords' Interests to investigate
the issue under its new procedures agreed in December, and I would
be grateful if you would take this forward as a matter of urgency.
As this is of such importance to the House and its reputation,
I hope that you agree it is appropriate for the issue to be referred
in this way rather than wait for a complaint.
Subject to your agreement, I will bring this
to the attention of the House today.