Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 9

E-mail to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Paul Gosling

  Thank you for your letter of 24 May.


  I think it is wrong to say, as the letter from Mr Qayyum suggests, that would be easy to identify Control Securities Ltd from the tag "Control Ltd". People within the company or within BCCI may have known of it in that way, but the general public—myself included—did not. Indeed, I only established that it was the same company by speaking to the press officer for the successor company who needed to look at the Company's accounts for me.

  I never suggested that Control Securities was a creditor of BCCI, nor that Mr Virani was a director or shareholder of BCCI. My understanding, based on press reports, was that Virani was convicted of false accounting in relation to his company's financial transactions with BCCI. This provided him with a financial relationship with BCCI. It seems to me that someone in receipt of a donation from Control Securities which had a financial relationship—of an improper kind, moreover—with BCCI should have disclosed this when dealing with the affairs of BCCI in the House of Commons.


  I was joint auditor of Leicester East Labour Party for one year, I think in 1990—though it could have been a year or so different. I would need to look at my records. I and my co-auditor refused to approve the accounts as a true record in one year for several reasons—again I would need to look at my records to verify this—but I know that one reason was that we were not given sight of the membership list, could therefore not confirm the amount of income the constituency party should have had and therefore could not confirm the accounts to be a true and fair record. Membership income will normally be the main source of income for a constituency party.

  It is certainly true that I received allegation about donations, but I need to know the terms on which I submit allegations as I have no wish to be involved in a libel action because I pass on allegations that I cannot prove.

29 May 2000

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