Conduct of Mr Speaker
HC 559, Ninth Report Session 2007/08 – Report and Appendix, Together with Formal Minutes
- House of Commons – Committee on Standards and Privileges
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards submitted a memorandum of his investigation of a complaint that the cost of certain taxi journeys undertaken by Mrs. Mary Martin, the wife of Mr Speaker, had been improperly met - through the Speaker's Office - from public funds. The Commissioner dismissed the complaint, finding that the journeys were consistent with the permitted use of taxis for official business and a reasonable use of public funds. The Committee endorses that decision and the grounds on which it was made.
The Commissioner had also expressed his concern that the letter sent to the complainant, Mr Mark Wallace - Campaign Director of the Taxpayers' Alliance - summarising the complaint and indicating the extent to which it fell within his remit, was released in full to the media. The Committee deprecates this and other cases where recipients have overlooked or ignored clear statements that the detailed contents in communications from the Commissioner are to be treated as confidential.
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