Letter to the Clerk of the Committee
from Mr Keith Vaz MP
I thought I would give you a formal response to your
letter of 22nd January 2002 even though we have spoken several
times and I have also spoke to [the Second Clerk of the Committee].
1. [The Second Clerk of the Committee] says that
he has all the information he needs for the printing of the Annexes
and does not need anything further.
2. I have given you the Transcripts and the corrections
from the oral evidence session and I set out below some additional
information which Members of the Committee asked for during that
3. I understand that my mother has sent you her
letter to Mr Gargan and she will send you his reply.
4. I will bring the Annexes and the requests
for deletions in the Annexes and in the Report on 4th February
5. I would be grateful if you could ask Mrs Filkin
to supply me with the information I requested in my letter of
26th December 2001 as I believe that it has a direct bearing on
6. I hope that you have received from Bindman
a copy of the Advice from Michael Beloff QC and I hope that it
has been circulated to the Committee.
Points raised during evidence session
Mr Ottaway, Mr Dismore and Mr Bottomley asked about
Wildberry Ltd and the printing of calendars. These questions were
based on an assumption by Mr Ottaway that an advert was taken
in 1995. I have checked the record of this from the last inquiry
and it is clear that the payment of £250 was made in 1994.
This is consistent with the company trading for one year from
1993-4. I have also checked with the Library about the possibility
of any other companies called Wildberry (Mr Dismore's request)
and they confirm that none exist.
The GMH correspondence
None of this was in my possession but it does confirm
the evidence that I have already given on this matter.
File notes from the police
These confirm the nature of my conversation with
Mr Smith, although the note contradicts the statement he made
on 10th December 2001 that I talked to him about one call (see
his letter to my mother of 10th December 2001). The other calls
were not calls made to my mother but calls made to my house to
me (see Mrs Eggington's letters) or to my wife, all referred to
in my response of 8th January 2002. This relates to the general
discussion I had with Mr Smith about the background of the case.
This error is then repeated in the letter of 10th January 2002.
Letter to IND and the sending of passports
Mr Dismore asked me about the practice of how I dealt
with immigration applications and I explained that neither I nor
my office retain passports. I enclose copies of the covering letters
that I send to constituents when their passports are sent to the
Home Office. They
attach their passports and other documentation themselves and
send it recorded delivery with the covering letter that is addressed
to the Home Office. I do not have Mrs Matin's papers as they are
with her solicitor, Jane Coker.
If there is any information that I have missed out
please let me know.
3 February 2002
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