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


Letter to Councillor Merlyn Vaz

from Superintendent Nick Gargan, Leicestershire Constabulary

I acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 22nd January 2002 for which I am very grateful.

Much of your letter involves discussion of my comment, in an earlier letter to Mrs Filkin, that you had chosen not to co-operate with the investigation. I readily accept that it may have been better in that sentence had read "As Mr Vaz was not himself the victim of the alleged offence, and the victim has either chosen not to co-operate or been unable to co-operate with the investigation, I do not see that there is sufficient prospect of a successful outcome to pursue the investigation any further." That apart, I have reviewed my letter of 10th January and I still believe that it is accurate and fair.

Leicestershire Constabulary places a high priority on being responsive to the needs of victims. I would still like to arrange for a senior officer to see you to take details of any offences committed against you. As an alternative, you may prefer to write to me with full details of any such offences; this would be enough to enable me to investigate.

I have copied your letter and will copy this response to Mrs Filkin. This is because this information is directly relevant to matters currently being considered by the Committee on Standards & Privileges and it is necessary and only fair that this information should be shared with the Committee.

25 January 2002

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