Examination of witness (Questions 900
TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2001
(After a short break)
900. I think that concludes everything we need
to ask you. Thank you very much for coming along.
(Mr Vaz) Mr Bindman has said he wants to do another
submission on the evidence which has been given by Peter Soulsby
and by Jaffer Kapasi, if that is going to be helpful to the Committee
and you feel that would be of use. It is just that we only got
notice of the two notes that Mrs Filkin had and, quite properly
because it said Beaumont Lees (?) at the top, she did not realise
it was to do with Mr Kapasi, in which of course the City Attorney,
as you have probably gathered, looked into this matter and found
out what Mr Soulsby was saying could not be sustained. Did you
see those notes?
Chairman: Yes, we have had them.
901. The City Attorney said there was no evidence
to substantiate it or he had evidence which contradicted it?
(Mr Vaz) He had no evidence at all and it was dangerous
to make assertions about people.
902. We have had that.
(Mr Vaz) The other thing missing from the bundle is
the minutes of my meeting with Mrs Filkin and I wonder if the
Committee would like a copy of the minutes of that?
Chairman: By all means send us anything
at all which you think is of some relevance to your case.
903. What meeting is this?
(Mr Vaz) We had a meeting with Mrs Filkin which was
minuted and we will send it in.
(Ms Filkin) Which I refer to in my memorandum. You
have not had a record because, as you know, Mr Vaz, you refused
to allow the shorthand writer to stay. We have the first part
taken by the shorthand writer and then we have a note which I
disputed at the time for accuracy and that was provided by Mr
Vaz's solicitor. Mr Vaz asked me at the time not to use the replies
in that meeting because he wished to reply in writing and I acceded
to that request. That is why you have not had the records which
are available which relate to that meeting. But there is of course
no reason at all why I cannot provide you with the note which
Mr Vaz's solicitor provided at the time and my letter saying I
felt it was not comprehensive.
904. By all means send us anything which you
think is of relevance.
(Mr Vaz) I think that is it.
Chairman: Thank you very much.