Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Third Report

Annex 25

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

1.  BPRI

  I enclose a letter that has been sent to me by Fiona Gunn the Project Manager of BPRI which I would like to deposit with you.

  I enclose a covering letter from them which sets out what the present position is.


  Thank you for meeting with me and Robert Willoughby concerning my Annual Calendar. I have set up a company called "Mapesbury Communications Limited". It receives the income from the Annual Calendar, together with all the earnings I receive from outside parliament. The only earnings that I receive at the moment are from my Radio Programme. The proceeds from this company are used to support the work that I do with the Asian community which I regard as being over and above my work as a Member of Parliament. As yet no income has been spent from this company on any parliamentary duties, but I anticipate that it will pay for publications that cannot be paid by the Fees Office, petrol payments for members of my staff, equipment such as computer or a shredding machine. The Directors of the company are my wife and mother-in-law.

  I would be grateful if you would let me know in what way I need to either declare or register this or whether it is indeed an interest that is registrable. I have already as you know registered the calendar in previous years because the income went directly to the House of Commons.

  I look forward to receiving your replies.

19 January 1996

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