Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 120

Letter to Mr Arthur Price-Jones from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

  You maybe aware from newspaper reports that I am currently investigating allegations that as a Member of Parliament Mr Keith Vaz failed to register payments which were made to him and that in other respects he has not upheld the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament.

  At my request, I have been provided by Leicester City Council with a copy of the letter which Sir Peter Soulsby wrote to you as Leader of the Council on 22 April 1994 (copy attached). The Chief Executive advises me that you would be the person most likely to know whether action to investigate or deal with this matter was taken on receipt of this information.

  I would be grateful to have your account of these events and any other information you have which may help my investigation. For example, did you discuss this letter with anybody? Was any action taken to establish the accuracy of the allegations? Do you know of any other instance when it was alleged that Mr Vaz asked for or received payments?

  You may prefer to talk to me on the telephone in the first instance and if so perhaps you would telephone me.

  May I thank you in advance for your help.

12 April 2000

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