Thursday, 10 January 2008

Standards and Privileges

Mr. Salter has picked up the Reading West Green candidate on a point in a recent letter regarding his recent brush with the Standards and Privileges Committee.

Whilst he is undoubtedly correct on the single point of fact he mentions regarding the case, the Committee found him guilty of using pre-paid House of Commons’ envelopes to distribute unsolicited material and a failure to say it had been paid from his parliamentary allowance.

The director of the Department of Finance and Administration said of Mr. Salter: "I consider some of his comments about his approach to the House rules regrettable. It is possible to draw the inference that Mr Salter has on occasions knowingly broken the rules for which this Department and others have a responsibility."

Is it any wonder then that the Reading West MP spent so much time and effort trying to exempt himself and his fellow MPs from the Freedom of Information Act last year?

Speaking of which, how did your "official complaint" to the Information Commissioner about Reading Borough Council go Mr. Salter? It’s gone a bit quiet on that front.

And before the Conservatives start playing holier than thou, Rob Wilson was found guilty by the same committee of distributing party political material along with a Parliamentary "Report" which itself broke the rules for use of the Parliamentary allowance.

Snouts in the trough from both Labour and Tories, where the only crime seems to be getting caught.