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PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE

THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER 2000

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth

Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 12 December at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER 2000

[MORNING SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster

Mr Tom Levitt
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till this day at Four o'clock.

TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER 2000

[AFTERNOON SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Malcolm Bruce
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams
Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Complaint against Mr Frank Roy], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 4 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the memorandum from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendix to the Report be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

[House of Commons Paper No. 49]

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 19 December at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER 2000

[MORNING SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Malcolm Bruce
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till this day at Four o'clock.

TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER 2000

[AFTERNOON SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Malcolm Bruce
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

Draft Report [Complaint against Mr John Maxton and Dr John Reid], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 61 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Second Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Report be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That part of the Minutes of the Evidence taken before the Committee on 7 November, in the last Session of Parliament, be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Minutes of Evidence.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

[House of Commons Paper No. 89]

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 16 January at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 16 JANUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)
The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 23 January at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 23 JANUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 30 January at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 30 JANUARY 2001

[MORNING SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Malcolm Bruce
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

Complaints against Mr Keith Vaz: Mr Jaffer Kapasi OBE DL MKD was sworn and examined. Mr Mark Stephens, of Finers Stephens Innocent, Solicitors, was examined.

The witnesses withdrew.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till this day at Four o'clock.

TUESDAY 30 JANUARY 2001

[AFTERNOON SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Malcolm Bruce
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

Complaints against Mr Keith Vaz: Mr Keith Vaz, a Member of the House, was examined.

The witness withdrew.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 6 February at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2001

[MORNING SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

Complaints against Mr Keith Vaz: Sir Peter Soulsby was sworn and examined.

The witness withdrew.

Mr Brian Brown was sworn and examined.

The witness withdrew.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till this day at quarter-past Four o'clock.

TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2001

[AFTERNOON SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

Complaints against Mr Keith Vaz: Mr Sarosh Zaiwalla made the affirmation required by law and was examined. Ms Shirley Chapman was examined.

The witnesses withdrew.

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 13 February at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Malcolm Bruce
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

Complaints against Mr Keith Vaz: Mr Keith Vaz, a Member of the House, was further examined.

The witness withdrew.

Ms Maria Fernandes, of Mapesbury Communications Ltd, was sworn and examined. Mr Philip Conway, of Davenport Lyons, Solicitors, was examined.

The witnesses withdrew.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till to-morrow at Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Malcolm Bruce
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That strangers be admitted during the examination of witnesses this day.—(The Chairman.)

Proposed Amendments to the Rules relating to the Conduct of Members: Rt Hon John Major CH, a Member of the House, was examined.

Ordered, That the Minutes of the Evidence taken before the Committee this day be reported to the House.—( The Chairman.)

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 27 February at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That strangers be admitted during the examination of witnesses this day.—(The Chairman.)

Proposed Amendments to the Rules relating to the Conduct of Members: Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC, a Member of the House, was examined.

Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Lyell QC, a Member of the House, was examined.

Ordered, That the Minutes of the Evidence taken before the Committee this day be reported to the House.—( The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till to-morrow at Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 6 March at Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 6 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Malcolm Bruce
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Levitt
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Complaints against Mr Keith Vaz], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 73 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Third Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Report be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)
Ordered, That the Minutes of the Evidence taken before the Committee on 13 June 2000, in the last Session of Parliament, and parts of the Minutes of the Evidence taken before the Committee between 30 January and 13 February be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Minutes of Evidence.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

[See House of Commons Papers Nos. 314–I and 314–II]

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 13 March at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 13 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 20 March at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 20 MARCH 2001

[MORNING SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Malcolm Bruce
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Complaints against Mr William Hague], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 3 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fourth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the memorandum from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendix to the Report be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

[See House of Commons Paper No. 352]

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till this day at Four o'clock.

TUESDAY 20 MARCH 2001

[AFTERNOON SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Malcolm Bruce
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Proposed Amendments to the Rules relating to the Conduct of Members], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 56 read and agreed to.

Annex agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fifth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Report be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

[See House of Commons Paper No. 267]

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 27 March at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 27 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Terry Lewis
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Complaints against Mr Roy Beggs], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 7 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Sixth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the memorandum from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendix to the Report be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

[House of Commons Paper No. 377]

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 3 April at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 3 APRIL 2001

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 23 April at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 24 APRIL 2001

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 1 May at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 1 MAY 2001

[MORNING SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Tom Levitt
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till this day at Four o'clock.

TUESDAY 1 MAY 2001

[AFTERNOON SITTING]

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Malcolm Bruce
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

Complaint against Mr Geoffrey Robinson: Mr Geoffrey Robinson, a Member of the House, was examined.

The witness withdrew.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 2 May at Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 2 MAY 2001

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Complaint against Mr Geoffrey Robinson], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 7 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Seventh Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Report be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the Minutes of the Evidence taken before the Committee yesterday be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

[House of Commons Paper No. 465]

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 8 May at half-past Ten o'clock.

TUESDAY 8 MAY 2001

Members present:

Mr Robert Sheldon, in the Chair

Mr Martin Bell
Mr Peter Bottomley
Mr Dale Campbell-Savours
Mr Eric Forth
Mr Michael Jabez Foster
Mr Tom Levitt
Mr Terry Lewis
Shona McIsaac
Mr Alan Williams

Ordered, That, pursuant to Standing Order No. 150, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards do attend the meeting.—(The Chairman.)

The Commissioner attended accordingly.

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Complaints against Five Members], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 4 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Eighth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the memorandum from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendix to the Report be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

[House of Commons Paper No. 472]

The Committee further deliberated.

Ordered, That Ms Maria Fernandes, a director of Mapesbury Communications Ltd ("the company"), do lay before this Committee on or before noon on Friday 11th May a copy of the list of (a) persons or organisations who made any payment to the company of 1000 or more for any purpose, and (b) persons or organisations to whom the company made a payment of 1000 or more or provided a benefit worth 1000 or more, which she showed to the Chairman on 15 February.—(The Chairman.)

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till a date and time to be fixed by the Chairman.

 
 
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