Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex 10

Letter to Mr Keith Vaz MP

from Sir Gordon Downey KCB

Thank you for your letter of 24 September.

As I recall it you told me you were receiving payments from the three sources—a calendar, broadcasting and BPRI panel. I advised that, as with all income, this needed to be registered.

You also told me that this outside income was paid into a company you had set up, the directors of which were members of your family. The company was engaged in work not associated with your role as an MP. You were neither a shareholder nor employee of the company and you received no personal financial benefit. By "personal benefit" I think I would have meant pay, dividends or any payments to others which would otherwise have fallen on you.

I hope this of some use.

27 September 2001

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