I have had communications with the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner with regard to the processing of my submissions on Case TO615415 of the Cabinet Office. These developments will be discussed in full in this blogpost.
I start with the following email that I sent the Parliamentary Standards Commission this morning in view of the lack of any information from any part of the State to my concerns on the Criminal Justice System.
Your reference PCS462/2014-15 From: Shan Panigrahi To Standards Commissioner 6 April 2015 at 7:35 AM
To Ms Gwen Harrison Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
Subject: Your reference PCS462/2014-15
Dear Ms Harrison
1. On 1 May 2015 I emailed you at 10.39 am asking the Commissioner for permission to bring these proceedings to the attention of the Leader of the Opposition in order that he may consider changes to the way that the Parliamentary Standard Commissioner operates in the disposal of disputed Cases of interest to the government that are brought to Parliament through one’s constituency Member of Parliament.
2. You appeared to have refused me permission to inform Mr Ed Miliband directly with the contents of the full account of the proceedings under PCS462/2014-15 adding that further correspondence with the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner was required before such a referral could be made. I have still not received any further information from you as to what correspondence is needed to meet with your requirements as stated in your reply to me of 1 May 2015, 12.11 pm.
3. With one day to go before the General Election of 7 May, I need to know now if Mr Ed Miliband would undertake the reforms on the operation of Parliamentary Standards that I submitted to you so that I may cast my vote accordingly. The matter is therefore extremely urgent.
4. I would therefore request you to reconsider your decision not to bring this matter to the attention of the Leader of the Opposition immediately. If you agree to this application please let Mr Miliband know the urgency of the matter and send me his constituency email address with his permission for you to do so.
Dr Shantanu Panigrahi