File note by the Parliamentary Commissioner
Chief Inspector Paul Smith telephoned me to keep
me updated. He said he has written a report for me.
Chief Inspector Paul Smith said he has contacted
Mr Vaz yesterday and has been informed by Mr Vaz that Mrs Vaz
senior has been moved to another hospital. The police will be
making inquiries to check that.
Chief Inspector Paul Smith said that they wanted
to know what my assessment was of Miss Eggington's credibility.
I said she had seemed a credible person to me. That I have had
no information provided to me which led me to doubt what she was
saying to me. I said that I had formed the impression that she
was genuinely concerned for her friend who had previously worked
for Mrs Vaz. Her friend had suffered depression and had been in
hospital and as I understood it Miss Eggington had been most caring
towards her. I said this had been confirmed to me both by Mr and
Chief Inspector Paul Smith said that they would be
tracing the calls into Mrs Vaz senior's home and they wished of
course to trace calls on Miss Eggington's line. I said as far
as I knew Miss Eggington would be delighted with this as she had
suggested it herself.
Chief Inspector Paul Smith asked me whether Miss
Eggington knew that Mr Vaz had made these allegations against
her and I said yes, I had put them to her and she has made a statement
about them. I said she seemed to me to be very cross that these
allegations had been made against her.
Chief Inspector Paul Smith asked whether I knew what
Miss Eggington now did as her occupation. I said as far as I knew
she worked part-time for the Foreign Office showing foreign visitors
around London. I said indeed I had bumped into her when she was
carrying out this task in the House of Commons.
I suggested that if Chief Inspector Paul Smith wanted
confirmation of her background that he should contact the Metropolitan
Police. He said they had done that already.
Chief Inspector Paul Smith asked me to give him Miss
Eggington's telephone numbers which I did.
Chief Inspector Paul Smith said he would keep me
up to date and let me have something in writing.