Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 110

File note by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards


  Having received my letter. He was ringing to check whether Mr Vaz had had a copy of his letter to me as he was very anxious about whether there would be retaliation.

  I said yes, of course, I had had to put all the matters in front of Mr Vaz and I had done so and it was on that basis that he had made the replies which I had now sent to Councillor Kamal for his comment.

  He said he understood that but he was very worried that there would be retaliation against him and he had a wife and family. I asked him why he thought that and he said it is the sort of thing that happens here and he had heard of it from his supporters. I said I was very concerned to hear this and that if he had any information of any form of retaliation he should let me know immediately and I would make sure that he was offered what protection was available. He said he was very reassured by my response. I thanked him for bravely setting down his view of events.

  He said that he had not kept a copy of the letter that he had written to me and asked me to send him a copy so that he could reply properly to my letter. I agreed to this.

5 May 2000

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