Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr Andrew J Milne
As a result of the controversy I spoke to the
former accounts manager of Zaiwalla & Co, Brian Brown, on
the telephone and enclose a copy of a note of our conversation.
I believe that the occasion which he recollects
when he gave money to Mr Vaz was in fact a separate incident to
the one that I remember as I have a very vivid recollection of
the young man from Mr Vaz's office standing in reception when
he called to collect the cash and Mr Vaz was certainly not present.
Mr Brown's comments confirm my impression that
Mr Zaiwalla had been giving Mr Vaz money regularly for some years
prior to 1994.
Mr Brown was arrested at my instigation in late
1994 and was sentenced to 4 years in prison for theft from the
firm. I had not spoken to him since the moment of his arrest in
1994 until the telephone conversation.
I would be obliged if this letter and enclosure
are not published as part of any Report the Committee may order
4 April 2000