Tuesday, June 29, 1999 Published at 22:05 GMT 23:05 UK
Watchdog to rule on Mandelson loan
Peter Mandelson resigned from the Cabinet in December last year
Former Trade Secretary Peter Mandelson will learn later this week whether any action will be taken over the secret loan he took from a fellow minister.
The committee's chairman, Robert Sheldon, said it would announce its decision in a report to be published on Thursday.
Mr Mandelson then declared it in the new register of MPs' financial interests.
The Standards and Privileges Committee was then asked to decide what action should be taken against Mr Mandelson for his failure to have registered the loan before it was revealed in December last year.
Mr Mandelson resigned from the Cabinet in December last year after The Guardian revealed that the then trade secretary had received the secret loan two years previously from Mr Robinson.
Mr Robinson also resigned from his position at the Treasury following the scandal.
A third casualty of the affair was Chancellor Gordon Brown's spin doctor Charlie Whelan, who resigned following suspicions that he leaked the loan story, something he denied.
Mr Mandelson said he was unable to remember whether he had told his mortgage lender, the Britannia Building Society, about the £373,000 loan, although ultimately the society decided not to take the matter further.
The MP for Hartlepool has since sold his house.
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