Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 14

Letter to Mr Keith Vaz MP from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

  Mr Brian Brown, a former employee of Mr Zaiwalla, has provided me with a statement that:

    "a payment of I think £1,000 was made to Mr Vaz by Mr Zaiwalla for what I seem to recall was described as being for an `office fund' ".

  He goes on that he has been informed that a statement by a third party stated that:

    "I was initially requested to hand Mr Vaz a cheque which was refused and the payment was requested in cash which I withdrew from the firm's bank and handed in an envelope to Mr Vaz. This may or may not be the case, I simply cannot be certain though I suspect that could be the case."

  In the light of this statement, I wonder whether there is anything you wish to add to your letters to me of 7 and 11 February.

22 February 2000

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