Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex I1

Letter to Mr Keith Vaz MP from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

I am pleased to hear that you are well enough to come to see me today. In anticipation of our meeting I thought it might be helpful if I set out, as a reminder, the matters where replies were outstanding when you were taken ill. These were matters which I had raised in correspondence or when we met on 26 March. I also attach for your consideration new information which has been brought to my attention since that date.

Replies outstanding:

1.  My letter of 27 March which refers to:

    —  2 letters from Mr Lansley
    —   the Chairman's letter dated 20 March 2001
    —   the matters which had been raised in press comment
    —  your review of all the transactions for any purpose between you, or Mapesbury Communications, or Ms Fernandes with the Hinduja family or Foundation

2.  My letter of 28 March 2001 which refers to:

    —  a letter from Ms Eggington supported by a signed statement from Mrs Rita Gresty, concerning the Hinduja family or Foundation
    —  a gift from a business of pre-packed frozen food

Since you were taken ill I have received a complaint letter from Mr Andrew Robathan, dated 26 April (copy attached) which concerns

    (i)  a possible failure to register income from employment at the law centre in Leicester following your election in 1987

    (ii)  a possible failure to register a donation of £3000 from Lord Paul in 1993.

3 May 2001

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