Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr Rodney Green, Chief Executive, Leicester
Further to your recent telephone enquiry I confirm
that Keith Vaz worked at a law centre run by Highfields and Belgrave
Law Centre Limited. The company was funded by Council grant. I
understand that around 1986/7 the Board broke down and the Council
withdrew funding. In an attempt to maintain the provision of law
advice services, the Council took a shell company which it had
registered and changed the name to Leicester Advice and Information
Services Limited. This company was then paid the grant previously
paid to the Highfields and Belgrave Law Centre. It also inherited
the staff including Keith Vaz.
LAIS Limited ran the Law Centre until a new company
was set up to take over the task around 1990 or 1991. LAIS was
formally dissolved on 6th April 1992.
It is understood by colleagues that Keith Vaz was
employed by LAIS for a period after his election to Parliament,
but no records are available to confirm precise details. Arthur
Price-Jones, with whom I believe you have had previous contact,
was Company Secretary and may be able to provide further help.
I hope this is useful. With best wishes.
22 October 2001