Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 1A

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Andrew J Milne

  I write further to my letter dated 4 February 2000.

  I was astonished to see in the weekend press that Mr Vaz described my allegation as a "malicious falsehood". I believe that there is a quick and conclusive way of resolving who is telling the truth concerning the £2,000 in cash which Mr Vaz received from Mr Zaiwalla in 1994. I would propose that you arrange for me to take a polygraph (lie detector) test. I would also challenge Mr Vaz to do so.

  I look forward to hearing from you of the time and place of the test.

  I would be grateful if you will communicate this offer to Mr Vaz. If you decline to arrange such a test and Mr Vaz makes any further public statements denying that he took the cash I will be forced to consider allowing a national newspaper to administer such a test and having the results published to answer Mr Vaz's denials.

8 February 2000

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