Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 16

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

  Thank you for your letter of 3 March 2000, which I received today. Please do not apologise for asking for further information I am happy to provide it.

  The Ravi Shankar "event" was indeed also a dinner. After the concert there was a dinner for the guests (about 400 people). Hence his reference to a concert and a dinner. As I said he was not present at the event.

  The other event was at the Portman Hotel. You have the details. I know of no "third" event which he may have been involved in. I cannot be of assistance as to when he paid his sponsorship fee. This is really a matter for him and the ABN.

  On the question of the charitable donation made by Mr Zaiwalla, the dates are too wide ("1993 or 1994") to be able to know which cause I suggested he support. As I have said there are many causes which have and do need supporting.

  However, can I repeat that neither I nor any member of my office would be involved in collecting or processing such donations.

  On the letter from Paul Gosling, I have a rather large pile of correspondence with Mr Gosling going back to 1985 which I will have to examine I also need to inspect the Register for 1994 and look at the publications list for 1991. I shall do this urgently and let you have my comments as soon as I have done so.

  Finally, can I mention the fact that Mr Hastings and Mr Syal from the Sunday Telegraph have just visited my constituency over the last few days. Two of my constituents are under the impression that they are in some way part of your office.

7 March 2000

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