Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 2

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Ms Maria Fernandes

Thank you for your letter of 10th January 2001 which I received today.

Your letter is marked inside as "Confidential" yet on the envelope no such words are written. This defeats the purpose of sending letters that purport to be "in confidence".

You say you have "information" that you need to verify, but you have provided none to me to comment upon.

I am aware of your investigation as I was telephoned by the Observer immediately before Christmas. The reporter informed me that he had spoken to you as a result of his conversation he telephoned me.

Mr Vaz has never been a shareholder or director of Mapesbury. He has never attended a Board meeting. He has had nothing to do with the Management of this company and has received no benefit from it. None of his earnings were paid into it. The issue of the Asian community calendars was dealt with in his letter to Sir Gordon Downey a copy of which I understand is on file. The last calendar was produced in 1996. The calendars were a burden not a benefit to this company. I have no other information to give you.

This letter is sent to you in confidence should you or anyone else wish to publish any part of it, including details of the address please would you obtain my consent.

18 January 2001

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