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The Jubilee River story - Michael Trend repays 90,277 - December 2002

Complaints about MPs allowances* were made in 2002.  (*Michael Trend - MP for Windsor)

Michael Trend was fighting complaints about his expenses while his constituents flooded!

Source documents http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200203/cmselect/cmstnprv/435/43509.htm

Extract from Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Attachment 1 Letter to Mr Archie Cameron, Director of Operations, Department of Finance and Administration,
from Mr Michael Trend MP

I am now clear that I had a misunderstanding, honestly and genuinely held, about the terms of the ACA. As a result, I made claims on my Windsor residence which I now realise fall outside those terms. I very much regret this happened and I would like to offer my apologies to the House. I, of course, wish to set the matter right at once and I have offered to pay whatever is outstanding which I understand is 90,277. I understand that the House authorities are content for me to do so.

I am grateful to you for your help in this matter.

19 December 2002

Annex E

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
from Mr Michael Trend MP

On 15th December 2002, the Mail on Sunday published a story alleging that I had for many years been claiming ACA in respect of a London property which did not exist, and when I seldom spent the night in London. This is also the allegation made in the complaints against me submitted to the parliamentary commissioner.

At the earliest opportunity, I checked my arrangements with Mr Archie Cameron of the Fees Office, who confirmed, of course, that all these allegations were false, since I had at no time claimed ACA in respect of any London residence.

In the course of my conversation, Mr Cameron told me that, the Windsor house having become my main residence, I should not have claimed ACA in respect of it. I was dismayed and very upset by this, because I had always acted in good faith in the belief that my conduct was perfectly proper.

However, I accepted what I was told by the Fees Office in December, and determined to put the matter right without delay. I enclose copies of letters exchanged between us, which show that my offer to pay the whole sum was accepted by the Fees Office, and that they now regard the matter as closed. My outstanding account with them has been settled in full.

My mistaken understanding of the effect of the rules concerning ACA was a belief honestly and genuinely held. However, I deeply regret having found myself in this position and have sincerely apologised for it.
 

21 January 2003

 

 

For direct link to parliament web site  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200203/cmselect/cmstnprv/435/43502.htm

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Standards and Privileges Committee Publications

 

Standards and Privileges - Third Report

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 12 February 2003.


 
CONTENTS
 


Terms of Reference
 

REPORT
 

APPENDIX Memorandum submitted by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, 10 February 2003
 

Annex A Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Kevin Cochrane, 16 December 2002 Attachment: Articles from The Mail on Sunday, 15 December 2002
 

Annex B List of complainants in addition to Mr Cochrane
 

Annex C Briefing note prepared by the Legal Services Office on the Law on Obtaining by Deception, 3 February 2003
 

Annex D Letter to Mr Michael Trend MP from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, 6 January 2003
 

Annex E Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Michael Trend MP, 21 January 2003
 

Attachment 1: Letter to the Director of Operations, Department of Finance and Administration, from Mr Michael Trend MP, 19 December 2002
 

Attachment 2: Letter to Mr Michael Trend MP from the Director of Operations, Department of Finance and Administration, 19 December 2002
 

Annex F Letter to Mr Michael Trend MP from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, 22 January 2003
 

Annex G Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Michael Trend MP, 27 January 2003
 

Annex H Form of Nomination of Main Residence for the purpose of the Additional Costs Allowance
 

PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE RELATING TO THE REPORT
 


MINUTES OF EVIDENCE: Mr Michael Trend MP

Tuesday 11 February 2003

 

LIST OF REPORTS FROM THE COMMITTEE IN THE PRESENT PARLIAMENT

 

 


 

 
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