Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 185

Letter to Mr M H Asmal from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

  You may be aware that I am currently investigating allegations that Mr Vaz received payments and benefits but failed to enter them in the Register of Members' Interests.

  I am writing to you to ask for your assistance. Please would you let me know:

    1.  Whether you have any evidence that, at any time, Mr Vaz accepted payment of any kind for any purpose in his role as a Member of Parliament.

    2.  Whether you have any other information you wish me to consider which relates to these matters.

  During the course of my enquiry Sir Peter Soulsby provided me with a tape recording, which he told me you had given to him, of a conversation between Mr Vaz, Mrs Vaz senior and yourself. I would be grateful to have your confirmation that you made the tape in question and to hear from you of the background circumstances which led you to make it.

  If you would prefer to discuss these matters, perhaps you would page me on the above pager number.

  May I thank you in advance for your assistance.

4 August 2000

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