Letter to Ms Maria Fernandes fromthe Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards
Thank you for your letter of 18th January 2001.
May I first apologise for the oversight in omitting
"Confidential" from the envelope of my letter to you.
I am grateful to you for the information you have
provided. I am afraid I do still need answers to questions to
which you have provided no reply, namely:
"1. What was
the purpose of the company when it was established and has the
purpose changed in any way since that date?
2. I understand that money related to Mr.
Vaz's calendars was processed through the company. Please would
you provide me with extracts from the audited records which shows
these transactions, including details of who provided those contributions
and the payments made from them.
5. It may be that some of the material published
by the company includes Mr. Vaz's name, if so, please would you
list such publications and provide me with details.
6. Please would you provide me with copies
of the full audited accounts for each of the years the company
has been in operation with the underlying records which show all
the payments into and out of the company, since it was set up."
I would be grateful to receive these details to allow
me to provide accurate and confirmed information to the Standards
and Privileges Committee.
I will of course draw your request about the confidentiality
of your letter to the Standards and Privileges Committee. I can
assure you that they never publish personal addresses unless absolutely
necessary to the content of an inquiry.
I was most concerned to hear what the reporter from
the Observer had said to you. I cannot guess why he gave you this
account, but I can tell you it is inaccurate. The facts are as
The reporter in question telephoned me following
a telephone conversation with you. He said you had informed him
of my inquiry in response to questions he had put to you about
your company, Mapesbury. I, of course, refused to confirm or deny
whether I was making any such inquiry or to give him any information
about any of the matters which I was reviewing.
22 January 2001