Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 1

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Andrew J Milne

  I write further to our meeting earlier this week.

  I confirm my remarks concerning Mr Vaz during our meeting, namely that I was in partnership with Mr S R Zaiwalla in 1994 when a young man from Mr Vaz's office called at the partnership's offices to collect £2,000 in cash for Mr Vaz. Mr Vaz failed to register this payment in the Register of Members' Interests. I also believe that Mr Zaiwalla made other payments to Mr Vaz, always in cash, at Mr Vaz's request which were also not declared.

  I would also mention that Mr Zaiwalla is the subject of a tax investigation, currently being conducted by Special Compliance Office of the Inland Revenue, as a result of him systematically defrauding the Inland Revenue of in excess of £1 million of income tax by failing to declare various income and benefits received by him over several years. After the Labour Government came to power he asked Mr Vaz to exercise his influence to get the Inland Revenue investigation stopped, referring him to the money which he had been paid. Mr Vaz promised to assist him.

  I formally complain about Mr Vaz's conduct and ask you to investigate this matter.

4 February 2000

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