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


Letter to Mr Philip Conway, Davenport Lyons, Solicitors, from the Clerk of the Committee on Standards and Privileges


The Committee is grateful to you and Ms Fernandes for attending this morning's meeting to give evidence. I am sorry we had to keep you waiting so long before asking you in.

The unresolved question relates to the records showing payments into and out of the company. What the Committee needs to know is whether the company has received any payments linked in any way to Mr Vaz, and whether it has made any payment for the benefit of, or in any way associated with, Mr Vaz.

I would therefore be grateful if either Davenport Lyons or Hard Dowdy, the company's accountants, could provide me, for the information of the Chairman of the Committee, with —

(a)  a statement that they have inspected all the available records of the company;

(b)  details (including dates and amounts) of any payments from Mr Sarosh Zaiwalla to the company, or to Mr Zaiwalla from the company;

(c)  the name of any person or organisation who made any payment to the company of £1000 or more for any purpose, and the purpose of the payment; and

(d)  the name of any person or organisation to whom the company made a payment of £1000 or more, or provided a benefit worth £1000 or more.

The Chairman has asked me to say that he will only pass on to the Committee any information from you or Hard Dowdy which appears to him to be directly relevant to the Committee's inquiry into the complaints against Mr Vaz.

The Committee appreciates the difficulties of obtaining information about the early years of the company's operations.

It would be a great help if this information could be provided by Wednesday 21 February.

13 February 2001

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