Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Letter to Mr Mark Stephens, Finers Stephens Innocent, Solicitors, from the Clerk of the Committee on Standards and Privileges

As you know, when Mr Jaffer Kapasi gave evidence before the Standards and Privileges Committee on 30 January he indicated that he was willing to make his financial records (the detailed accounts and all the underlying records) available for inspection by the Commissioner, and that the Dawoodi community (subject to the consent of the President) would be prepared to do the same. I wrote to Mr Kapasi on 31 January to remind him of this and to ask him to take the necessary steps as soon as possible to secure the Dawoodi community's consent. I am enclosing a copy of that letter for your records.

More than a week has now passed, and the Committee is anxious that this matter should be resolved without delay as a matter of fairness to the Member who is the subject of the complaint.

I would therefore be grateful if you could make arrangements for Mr Kapasi's records, and those of the Dawoodi community, for the period 1 January 1991 to 31 December 1996 to be delivered to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards at 2 The Abbey Gardens, London SW1 as soon as possible. Any costs incurred by Mr Kapasi in connection with the transport of the documents can be reclaimed by him from the Committee as witness's expenses.

9 February 2001

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