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


Letter to the Clerk of the Committee on Standards and Privileges

from Mr Keith Vaz MP

Thank you for your letter of 19th December 2001. I confirm that Mr Bindman and I will be present on 15th January 2002.

I have the following response to the questions you have raised:

1.  As to the Law Centre issue I refer to paragraphs, 61 and 64 of my letters to Mrs Filkin and to R38-41 of my preliminary response dated 17th December 2001. I do not know when my employment formally ceased but I did not work there after my election. I do not know up to what date I paid but as I have said before I received payments to me in respect of holiday pay and flexitime which I had accrued.

2.  As to property issues I have dealt with property in paragraph 120 of my letter of 3rd November. I confirm that I have provided Mrs Filkin with all the information concerning my property matters since I became a Member.

3.  As to the questions concerning Mr Peene's complaint. My answers are as follows.

(i)  No. Please see paragraph 51 of my preliminary response and the letter from Skillshare International appended to that.

(ii)  No

(iii) No

Thank you for your offer to help and assistance during this stage of the process. I would be grateful if you could obtain the following missing pieces from the Annexes.

1.  The file note of Mrs Filkin's meeting with Ms Eggington. She refers to the meeting in her letter to Ms Eggington of 26th February 2001.

2.  The tape of the meeting between Mrs Filkin, Ms Eggington and Mrs Gresty of 11th October 2001. There appears to be many gaps in the printed transcript.

3.  For completeness, the file notes of Mrs Filkin's conversations with Mr Carl Fellstrom, (Nottingham News Agency) Mr Anthony Barnett, (The Observer) Mr David Lepper, (The Sunday Times) Mr David Cracknell (The Sunday Times), Mr David Hencke (The Guardian), Mr Andrew Hoskins (The BBC), all these are missing.

4.  The date on which you gave Mrs Filkin Lord Paul's letter to you dated 9th February 2001.

5.  The transcripts of Mrs Filkin's telephone conversations with me.

I have written to Sir George about the publication of the conclusions of the memorandum in The Sunday Times on 23rd December. Please let me know if you need the cutting.

Please will you confirm that neither you nor Mrs Filkin hold any further complaints, rumours, allegations, letters, statements, notes of phonecalls of any kind which relate to me which have not been put to me. When we completed the first inquiry Mrs Filkin did not inform the Committee of material in her possession that relates to complaints which are currently before the Committee. I want to deal with all outstanding matters now.

I would be grateful if this letter could be circulated to the Committee.

I look forward to hearing from you.

26 December 2001

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