Letter to Mr Keith Vaz MP from the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards
When I wrote to you on 15 November 2001 I responded
to your request for a timetable for giving you my draft memorandum,
saying that I hoped to let you have it in December. I also said
I would be able to let you have a week to provide your suggested
corrections and any further comment you wished to make. (You may
be aware that Members are usually given 48 hours to look at a
You replied on 18 November that five working days
were insufficient. You said that if I "could possibly bring
this forward to late November or the first days of December, this
would be very helpful to Mr Bindman and myself".
To try to meet your request I enclose the draft memorandum
today. You will see that some of the jobs which I prefer to complete
before giving the draft to the Member still have to be done; eg
the cross-referencing and footnotes have not had their final checks,
nor have all the punctuation and typographical mistakes been eliminated.
The draft memorandum and annexes are complete, and
of course you are familiar with the majority of the written material
since it is in the correspondence between us. You will see that
I have removed personal information not relevant to the allegations.
However if there are other such instances please draw them to
my attention. I shall also be recommending to the Committee that
some of the material in the Annexes is not published.
May I remind you that this document should be kept
entirely confidential to you and your adviser and should not be
shown to, or discussed in any way, with any person.
Please would you let me have your suggested corrections
of fact and any further comments by 8.30 am on Monday 10 December
2001. Any comments you make will be appended in full to the Committee
with my memorandum.
I shall consider any response or corrections you
wish to put to me before completing my memorandum. My memorandum
will then be sent to the Standards and Privileges Committee.
30 November 2001