Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 3

Letter to Councillor Piara Singh Clair from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

As you are aware from our previous correspondence, I am engaged in an investigation into allegations that Mr Vaz received donations which he omitted to enter in the Register of Members Interests.

Mr Alan Gratrix has provided me with information about donations which were made to a premises fund from 1995. I understand you were the treasurer of the constituency party at the time or shortly afterwards and would have been responsible for the accounts of the Premises Fund.

In order that I may decide whether any or some of these allegations are supported by any evidence, please would you let me know the following:

1.I understand that the Premises Fund was established in 1995, was this the same fund as the 50 Club?
2.The purposes on which the money was to be spent from both funds?
3.The names and date of the donors to the fund or funds?
4.The dates, if any, on which Mr B Attwal made donations to the Premises Fund or the 50 Club and if so the amounts he donated?
5.The name and numbers of the bank account into which any donations of these funds were paid and the dates the bank account were operational.
6.Who were the signatories to the accounts?
7.Details of expenditure from these accounts from 1995 onwards. (Pleases provide copies of the accounts to support this information.)
8.If you are no longer treasurer please would you let me know the name and address of the current treasurer.

I am sorry to have to both you for this information and if you would prefer to speak to me about the matter in the first instance do not hesitate to telephone me.

6 December 2000

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