Letter to Mr M H Asmal from the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards
You may be aware that I am currently investigating
allegations that Mr Vaz received payments and benefits but failed
to enter them in the Register of Members' Interests.
I am writing to you to ask for your assistance.
Please would you let me know:
1. Whether you have any evidence that, at
any time, Mr Vaz accepted payment of any kind for any purpose
in his role as a Member of Parliament.
2. Whether you have any other information
you wish me to consider which relates to these matters.
During the course of my enquiry Sir Peter Soulsby
provided me with a tape recording, which he told me you had given
to him, of a conversation between Mr Vaz, Mrs Vaz senior and yourself.
I would be grateful to have your confirmation that you made the
tape in question and to hear from you of the background circumstances
which led you to make it.
If you would prefer to discuss these matters,
perhaps you would page me on the above pager number.
May I thank you in advance for your assistance.
4 August 2000