Letter to Mr Keith Vaz MP from the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards
I am sorry to ask you for further information,
but there are two points arising from your letter of 16 February
on which it would be helpful to have more details if at all possible.
You state clearly that the concert at which
Ravi Shankar's daughter performed was held on 17 July 1997. Mr
Zaiwalla, in his latest letter to me, describes the occasion as
a gala dinner at which she performed, and has sent me a copy of
a cheque for £500 payable to "the Gala Dinner"
dated 27 October 1998, together with an office account record
which gives your name in this connection.
His cheque for the previous Gala dinner is dated
23 June 1998, which tallies with the date you give. But was there
an additional occasion in October or November 1998 to which Mr
Zaiwalla contributed? Can you throw any light upon this apparent
discrepancy of dates?
You say that neither you nor any member of your
office was involved in collecting or processing Mr Zaiwalla's
charitable donations. Would you be able to provide any information
which could identify the cause to which Mr Zaiwalla contributed
at your request in 1993 or 1994 (he thinks it was an Indian national
disaster appeal)? If so, would you have any knowledge of who would
have been responsible for collecting the payment, which appears
to have been made in cash?
I would be very grateful for any assistance
you can give me on this.
I have today received the enclosed letter from
Mr Paul Gosling of Leicester, the reference is to an item in your
1994 Register entry, which I attach. I would also be grateful
to receive your comments on the matters which he has raised.
3 March 2000