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

Annex A

Letter to the Directors of Mapesbury Communications Ltd from Hard Dowdy, Chartered Accountants

Thank you for your letter of 24th January.

We note that the Parliamentary Commissioner requires information concerning Mr Keith Vaz, MP, and Mapesbury Communications Ltd.

We hope that the following will assist:

(1)  We commenced acting as Accountants for the Company in May 1998 and confirm that as the Directors considered that the Company was exempt from an audit under Section 249a(2) of the Companies Act 1985 we compiled unaudited Accounts for the years ended 31st October 1997, 1998 and 1999 from the accounting records, information and explanations supplied to us.

During the course of this work we found no payments to Mr Vaz personally or to his Office.

(2)  The turnover in the Accounts represents income derived from the provision of goods and services relating to the Company's principal activities of publishing and public relations.

(3)  We have seen the Accounts for the year to 31st October 1996 showing a Net Profit and these Accounts include the comparative figures for the period from 20th October 1994 to 31st October 1995 showing a loss.

26 January 2001

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