Letter to Mr Mark Stephens, Finers Stephens
Innocent, Solicitors, from the Clerk of the Committee on Standards
As you know, when Mr Jaffer Kapasi gave evidence
before the Standards and Privileges Committee on 30 January he
indicated that he was willing to make his financial records (the
detailed accounts and all the underlying records) available for
inspection by the Commissioner, and that the Dawoodi community
(subject to the consent of the President) would be prepared to
do the same. I wrote to Mr Kapasi on 31 January to remind him
of this and to ask him to take the necessary steps as soon as
possible to secure the Dawoodi community's consent. I am enclosing
a copy of that letter for your records.
More than a week has now passed, and the Committee
is anxious that this matter should be resolved without delay as
a matter of fairness to the Member who is the subject of the complaint.
I would therefore be grateful if you could make arrangements
for Mr Kapasi's records, and those of the Dawoodi community, for
the period 1 January 1991 to 31 December 1996 to be delivered
to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards at 2 The Abbey
Gardens, London SW1 as soon as possible. Any costs incurred by
Mr Kapasi in connection with the transport of the documents can
be reclaimed by him from the Committee as witness's expenses.
9 February 2001