Letter to Mr Geoffrey Bindman, Bindman
& Partners, Solicitors, from the Parliamentary Commissioner
Thank you for your letter of the 4 December
On seeing the Sunday Telegraph's articles concerning
Mr Vaz, I wrote to the Sunday Telegraph asking them to provide
me with all the information they had received which related to
the allegations which I was investigating concerning possible
non registration matters.
The Sunday Telegraph telephoned me to tell me
what information they were sending me. The information provided
included the list which had been provided to them anonymously.
The list arrived on 16 February 2000 with a Sunday Telegraph cover
note repeating the above. As I said I am not aware of any accompanying
document and none was provided to me by the Sunday Telegraph.
I do assure Mr Vaz that the questions which
I have asked are relevant to the matters under investigation.
Please could you let me know, by return, when
I may expect a substantial reply to my letter of the 27 November
as I must inform the Standards and Privileges Committee on Tuesday
next, 12 December, of the replies which remain outstanding on
6 December 2000