Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 116A

File note by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards


  I explained that I was carrying out an inquiry and I was just checking whether correct Register entries had been made by Mr Vaz. I explained that I had been given her name by Mr and Mrs Stuttard. I asked her whether she was aware of any donations or contributions being made to Mr Vaz in his capacity as a Member of Parliament. She said she was not aware of any such contributions being asked for directly by Mr Vaz. However, the General Committee of Leicester East constituency was constantly fund raising and there was an occasion for an election campaign when all Councillors were asked to make a contribution of a percentage of their Councillor's allowance, to assist the election effort. She could not recall the date of the election. She said the contributions were asked for by John Thomas, the then Secretary of the General Committee of the constituency. Councillor Drakecott did not make any contribution at the time because she was unemployed and her husband was in low paid work. She knew there were a handful of Councillors who had made this contribution. I asked her if she knew who they were and she said Councillor Kavia, Councillor V Patel and Councillor Kamal had all made contributions. I asked her if she was aware of any other payments and she said her ward tended to keep itself to itself, although she did know of the inquiry and she hoped that this would get to the bottom of it and settle it once and for all. I said that I agreed with her and that it would be good to complete the work shortly. She agreed that if she thought of any other information for me she would let me have it.

12 July 2000

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