Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report


Annex ii83

Letter to the Chairman of the Committee on Standards and Privileges, from Mr Keith Vaz MP

Thank you for your letters of 22nd October 2001 and 24th October 2001. I will be in touch with Jo to arrange a suitable time.

You raised the issue of delay. You may like to tell the Committee should the matter be raised again that I wrote to Mrs Filkin on 22nd August 2001 asking if there were any other matters to be put to me. She replied on 23rd August 2001 saying they were none.

After seeking legal advice to ensure that my answers were full and accurate I gave her a reply to all her outstanding questions on 28th September 2001.

On 19th October 2001 Mrs Filkin wrote to me with a further 38 new questions.

Some of the matters she has raised go back 14 years and will require asking questions of third parties some of whom I will have to track down. I am happy to respond based on the knowledge I have now but Mrs Filkin wants comprehensive replies before she gives me a timetable for a conclusion to this process. The word comprehensive like the word full is not defined.

I can assure you that I would like this matter brought to a quick conclusion and I am answering her new questions as quickly as I can.

30 October 2001





 
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