Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 18

Letter to Mr Keith Vaz MP from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

  Thank you for your letters of 9 and 13 March.

  During the course of investigating the complaints against you, I have been sent further information alleging that you have not registered payments made to you as a Member of Parliament.

  I set out these allegations below and would be grateful to receive your response to them:

  1.  That following your election Mr Nazmu Virani provided you with computers and other equipment.

  2.  That Mr I K Patel (now deceased) made collections on your behalf which he gave to you.

  3.  That Mr Harish I K Patel sponsored a breakfast meeting for you at the Regency Hotel where Mr Gordon Brown was the guest of honour.

  4.  That an organisation in which you were involved called Indo-British Business was set up to sponsor dinners for Cabinet Ministers but the sources of funding, which benefited you, were not registered.

  5.  That you received from Mr M Mudhavani £10,000 to pay for a visit to the UK of the son of Martin Luther King. The trip has not taken place but the funds have not been returned.

  6.  That the following business people have made substantial donations to you which have not been registered:

      Mr G K Noon;

      Mr Lakshmi Nittal;

      Mr T R Sutterwalla;

      Mr Raj Loomba; and

      the Hinduja Brothers.

  7.  That Mr G K Noon paid for you to travel to Bahrain and for your accommodation during the visit.

  8.  That you circulated copies of the Caribbean Times and Asian Times using parliamentary postage.

  9.  That in 1991-92 you offered to help Mr Jaffer Kapasi obtain planning permission for a mosque in return for £500.

  10.  That Mr B Attwal provided you with cheques made out in your name prior to the 1997 election.

  Perhaps you would give me your comments on these allegations or indicate whether they have been registered previously. If you feel that any of them do not have any basis I would be glad to know whether you know of any explanation for them.

  I am sorry to have to trouble you further on these matters and if you prefer to discuss these matters with me in the first instance perhaps you would contact me.

14 March 2000

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