Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr Keith Vaz MP
Thank you for your letter and your confirmation that
you have now been in touch with Geoffrey Bindman. In order that
I can give you as much information as possible and that the information
is full and accurate, and also to ensure that there are no outstanding
maters I would be most grateful if you could clarify the following
25. Please will you let me have a response to my
letter of 6th August 2001as to what information you would like
from me regarding my relationship with your husband Michael Honey.
You had asked me for a "paragraph" on all the newspaper
articles that have appeared. One of those articles as you know
deals with my relationship with Mr Honey. What precisely would
you like me to say in relation to what was written in The Times
about this. Is it your wish that I should clarify matters with
Richmond Council? I would not like this to resurface after your
report has been concluded.
26. From the correspondence it appears that Mr Peen
wrote to you in January about his complaint. Is there a reason
why this was not brought to my attention and that of the Committee
until after the first inquiry was concluded?
27. I have just re-read the Code of Conduct which
you sent to all Members for the submission of their forms following
the election. The Code states that the Commissioner does not entertain
complaints about the way in which Members handle casework. As
you know I have supplied you with my complete casework file, however
for completeness I would like to know why this matter is being
investigated as of course it will have implications for other
Members and also the wording of the Code.
28. When I spoke to Mr Sandall a few months ago he
informed me that the Committee does not normally entertain complaints
that are over 7 years old. The complaint from Mr Rowbotham relates
to matters over 14 years ago and is based on the evidence that
Peter Soulsby gave to the Committee, evidence that was not substantiated.
Neither you nor the Committee felt this was worth pursuing.
29. What is Peter Soulsby's status in the current
inquiry? You need to be aware that I have had several meetings
with him since this inquiry has begun. If he is a witness I need
to be made aware of this.
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31. I realise that you have stated that you have
not as yet decided to pursue the complaints of Mrs Eggington,
however I would be grateful if you could let me know if you have
met her and whether the meeting predates her interview with the
Mail on Sunday.
32. Could you also let me know if you entertain complaints
that are made by or on behalf of people who have received payments
33. Could you let me know if you entertain complaints
from people who are mentally ill.
34. Finally a number of journalists have claimed
to have spoken to you about me following the publication of the
first report. Is this correct?
I am sorry to bother you but I want to be absolutely
certain that I have covered everything.
21 September 2001