Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 34A

File note by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards


  3 JULY 2000


  ...Mr Bindman telephoned me to tell me that he had not managed to have any contact with his client since he spoke to me on Thursday of last week—as his client was very busy. He had faxed him a message about the shorthand taker but could not be sure that Mr Vaz would agree that a shorthand taker be present. However, he said he might be able to negotiate an arrangement whereby it could not be used as a step for a document which my inquiry could use to provide evidence. I indicated that I was unclear about what was meant and he said that we would talk about it when we met at 11 o'clock. I said that if Mr Vaz was intending to provide written answers, that those might be the best way of answering these questions and that the purpose of the meeting was for me to get a complete and detailed answer from Mr Vaz on these matters and that I would of course provide him with a transcript so that he could check it and if necessary correct matters of fact which he had elicited after the meeting. Mr Bindman said he was aware of this and I had made this clear previously.

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