Letter to Met Police re: Owen Paterson

As previously mentioned, we do not usually provide routine updates and all I can inform you at this time that the allegation is undergoing active assessment and we will let you know when a meaningful update is available.

the assessment is still actively being progressed. A decision and outcome will be forthcoming once that process is completed.

confirm we are still assessing your allegation at the moment. We are presently reviewing the information contained within the report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, and due to the complexities of some of the legislation, liaising with our Legal services.

No Member shall act as a paid advocate in any proceeding of the House.

(1) A person (“R”) is guilty of an offence if any of the following cases applies.

(2) Case 3 is where R requests, agrees to receive or accepts a financial or other advantage intending that, in consequence, a relevant function or activity should be performed improperly (whether by R or another person).

(3) Case 4 is where — (a) R requests, agrees to receive or accepts a financial or other advantage, and (b) the request, agreement or acceptance itself constitutes the improper performance by R of a relevant function or activity.

(3) Condition A is that a person performing the function or activity is expected to perform it in good faith.

(4) Condition B is that a person performing the function or activity is expected to perform it impartially.

(5) Condition C is that a person performing the function or activity is in a position of trust by virtue of performing it.

(a) is performed improperly if it is performed in breach of a relevant expectation, and

(b) is to be treated as being performed improperly if there is a failure to perform the function or activity and that failure is itself a breach of a relevant expectation.

For the purposes of sections 3 and 4, the test of what is expected is a test of what a reasonable person in the United Kingdom would expect in relation to the performance of the type of function or activity concerned.

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