Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Attachment 2

Letter to Ms Caroline Adams, Political Office, 10 Downing Street, from Mr Graeme Peene

Thank you for your letter of 19th April 2001 the contents of which have been noted. As a former Police Officer and serving Civil Servant investigating fraud related matters I am deeply concerned about corruption and criminal conduct both in Government Departments and the Public Sector. Unfortunately, I appear to be in the minority whereas political expediency and self-interest takes priority over the rule of law and standards in Public Office.

I note that you have had the opportunity of discussing my case with Mr VAZ, Member for Leicester East, and that Mr VAZ has reviewed his file etc. * * *

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The other totally separate issue concerning Mr VAZ related to a politically sensitive Russian Butter Export Refund Investigation that a colleague and myself had been conducting on behalf of the Intervention Board. Only one external enquiry had been made, the investigation was not registered, and yet Mr VAZ found out about the investigation.

Mr VAZ wrote to me, and my wife and I attended an appointment with him in the belief that Mr VAZ has some news concerning the Department of Trade & Industry issue. Mr VAZ sought to obtain information from myself about the Russian Butter Export Refund Investigation and enquired whether or not the investigation had anything to do with my problems at the Department of Trade & Industry. I refused to discuss the matter with Mr VAZ.

Irrespective of the other matters that Mr VAZ has dealt with as the Member for Leicester East, I believe that The Prime Ministers Office should be deeply concerned about how Mr VAZ came to be in possession of information relating to a confidential Politically Sensitive Criminal Investigation. Mr VAZ should be asked what his motives were, upon whose behalf was he acting, and how he could justify making such an approach.

The approach made by Mr VAZ was immediately reported to the Intervention Board and they failed to deal with the issue. Because of the Intervention Boards failure to deal with this and the other issues I took the matter concerning Mr VAZ out of their hands and in The Public Interest reported the matter to Elizabeth Filkin, The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards under the provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

I trust this provides you with a clearer understanding of the events as they are and not as others would wish to portray them, or rewrite history as in George Orwell's 1984.

Should Mr VAZ wish to meet with me to provide an explanation for his conduct in relation to the Russian Butter Export Refund Investigation I would be prepared to meet with him.

23 April 2001

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