Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Ms Maria Fernandes
Thank you for your letter of 10th January 2001 which
I received today.
Your letter is marked inside as "Confidential"
yet on the envelope no such words are written. This defeats the
purpose of sending letters that purport to be "in confidence".
You say you have "information" that you
need to verify, but you have provided none to me to comment upon.
I am aware of your investigation as I was telephoned
by the Observer immediately before Christmas. The reporter informed
me that he had spoken to you as a result of his conversation he
Mr Vaz has never been a shareholder or director of
Mapesbury. He has never attended a Board meeting. He has had nothing
to do with the Management of this company and has received no
benefit from it. None of his earnings were paid into it. The issue
of the Asian community calendars was dealt with in his letter
to Sir Gordon Downey a copy of which I understand is on file.
The last calendar was produced in 1996. The calendars were a burden
not a benefit to this company. I have no other information to
This letter is sent to you in confidence should you
or anyone else wish to publish any part of it, including details
of the address please would you obtain my consent.
18 January 2001