Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fourth Report

Annex B

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Jack Cheshire, Vera Productions Limited

Kathy Lewis has asked me to forward to you the evidence we have collated, regarding the entry in the Register of Members' Interests for the Rt Hon William Hague, MP.

As you will be aware, since January 1999, Mr Hague's entry in the House of Commons Register of Members' Interests has stated that "any fees received as a result of speaking engagements will be paid into The William Hague Charitable Trust. Donations from this Trust will be distributed by an independent board of trustees to charitable organisations within my constituency."

I enclose our evidence that The William Hague Charitable Trust does not exist.


1.  Charities Commission statement regarding the charitable status of The William Hague Charitable Trust.[9]

2.  Transcripts of conversations between Mark Thomas of Vera Productions and Charlotte Kenyon, Conservative Party Press Office and between Mark Thomas of Vera Productions and Claire Gibson, William Hague's Personal Secretary, Richmond, Yorkshire, 7 February 2001.1

3.  Copy of a letter sent by Mark Thomas of Vera Productions Ltd to William Hague, 8 February 2001.1

4.  Statement issued by the Conservative Party to Vera Productions Ltd, 9 February 2001.1

5.  Transcript of telephone call between Mark Thomas of Vera Productions Ltd and Andrew Scadding, Conservative Central Office, 9 February 2001.1

We would be very grateful if you could fully investigate not only the clearly misleading and inaccurate entry in the Register, but, more importantly, precisely what fees Mr Hague has received, from whom, and to whom they have been distributed. This is a matter of the utmost public interest and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

15 February 2001

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