Letter to Mr Keith Vaz MP from the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards
Thank you for your letter of 5 August 2001 in response
to mine of 16 May 2001 and copies of correspondence from your
case file which you hold on matters raised with you by Mr Peene
over a considerable period. I can see that he has referred a number
of different matters to you and other bodies and, as you say,
has thanked you for your assistance in several letters.
However, as far as I can see the matters referred
to in these case file papers do not relate to the complaint Mr
Peene has raised with me and on which I asked for your comments.
I can see from your file that you wrote to Mr Peene
on 14 April 1999 asking him to attend your surgery. As you will
recall from the copies of his complaint letters which I sent to
you his allegations concern the meeting which he says then took
place between you on 17 April 1999.
So that I may decide whether any further enquiries
are required in relation to Mr Peene's letters of complaint I
would be grateful to receive your comments on them. In particular:
1. What was the purpose of your letter to Mr
Peene of 14 April 1999?
2. What is your recollection of the meeting on
17 April 1999?
3. Did you make the comment at the meeting which
Mr Peene alleges in relation to M Ltd and the Russian Butter Export
refund investigation? If so, why?
4. Do you, or did you, have any connection with
Mr S and has he raised the question of the investigation with
you at any time?
5. Did Mr Peene raise any of the concerns, which
he has put to me, with you at the meeting or afterwards (I note
he raised other matters with you after that date.)
6. Any other comments you wish to make on Mr
I am glad to hear from you that you will be writing
to me again shortly in response to the other matters which are
outstanding and look forward to hearing from you.
I return your case papers relating to Mr Peene herewith.
7 August 2001