Press Notice 14 (24 January 2008)

Complaint against the Rt Hon Peter Hain MP

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has decided to suspend his inquiry into complaints that Mr Hain failed to register in the Register of Members' Interests within the time required some of the donations Mr Hain received for his campaign for the Deputy Leadership of the Labour Party.

The decision was made after consultation with the Chairman of the Committee on Standards and Privileges and in the light both of the Electoral Commission's decision to refer matters to the Metropolitan Police for them to consider whether an investigation should commence into Mr Hain not fully reporting the donations to the Commission and of the Metropolitan Police's decision to commence such an investigation.

The Commissioner will review the position once the outcome of the reference to the police is known.

Note to Editors

The Commissioner has nothing to add to this statement and is therfore not available for comment.