Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 183

Letter to Mr Nick Montagu CB, Chairman, Inland Revenue, from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

  You may be aware from newspaper reports that I am currently investigating allegations concerning Mr Vaz. One of the allegations which has been made to me is that Mr Vaz improperly agreed to put pressure on the Inland Revenue to accept a token settlement in respect of outstanding tax. I attach the relevant extract from the complaint letter.

  I wonder if you would let me know whether Mr Vaz has ever made any approaches of any kind to the Inland Revenue in support of Mr S A Zaiwalla of Zaiwalla & Co, 33 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1ZZ. If he has, perhaps you would give me details and any other information which might help my enquiry. I should stress that I do not require any information about the tax affairs of any person. My sole interest is whether there is any substance in the allegation of improper influence.

  May I thank you in advance for your help.

12 April 2000

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