File note by the Parliamentary Commissioner
Chris Hastings and Rajeev Syal from the Sunday Telegraph
asked to see me because they had other information to give me.
They brought with them a letter from V. Gresty. They also provided
me with a note prepared by Eileen Eggington, 15 February 2001,
and highlighted the parts in it which related to Mapesbury. They
also provided a phone number from the BT website, giving the address
of the Asian Business Network, 70A Teignmouth Road, London NW2.
According to Chris Hastings that was also the number listed in
directory inquiries until yesterday when it was changed. The address
is the address of Mapesbury Communications 70A Teignmouth Road.
They also told me they have been receiving regular
telephone calls from a person who says that he is a member and
highly involved in the Asian Business Network, informing them
of concerns about activities within the Asian Business Network.
For example that a conference was held at the Connaught Rooms
which was organised out of Keith Vaz's Parliamentary Office in
Norman Shaw which obtained very large scale sponsorship, delegate
places were expensive but there is no clear trail of where the
money went from that conference.
They said that the informant had also told them that
Mr Nanda had not signed the letter which has been sent to me in
reply to my questions to him. The informant says that Keith Vaz
signed that letter and has been given authority by Mr Nanda to
sign his name on letters. The informant says that Mr Nanda is
very concerned that I will discover that he did not sign the letter.
I had the impression when this meeting was requested
that considerable information was available which would be given
to me. However, no further information was given.
The reporters had told Eileen Eggington that I was
investigating the matter she had raised with me.