Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex ii82

Letter to Mr David Golding, Asian Business Network, from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

I am not sure how you spell your name, so please forgive me if it is 'Goulding' not 'Golding'. I am writing to you at Coleridge House as it is the only address I have for you.

I am currently investigating an allegation that support may have been provided through a company called Mapesbury Communications Limited for Mr Keith Vaz in his role as an MP without this support being entered on the House of Commons Register of Members' Interests. As part of this inquiry I am trying to establish what connections there may be or may have been between Mapesbury Communications, Wildberry printers (which was wound up in 1997) and/or the Asian Business Network, which is currently based in Coleridge House.

I have been told that at some time during the period August 1998 to January 2000 that you were assisting the Asian Business Network, and that you collected mail from a rented office in Coleridge House and that you have used it as an office address.

I am seeking to verify information and would be grateful if you would let me know:

    —   whether you visit or have visited Coleridge House to pick up mail or to attend meetings?

    —   what is or was the purpose of any such meetings or contacts?

    —   if you have or have had an office in Coleridge House (and if so when) and which organisations were connected with your office there?

    —   if you are connected in any way with the Asian Business Network and if so what is the nature and purpose of this connection?

    —   if you ever had any contact with Wildberry printers and if so of what kind and for what purpose?

    —   if you are or have been connected in any way with Mapesbury Communications or have knowledge of the company?

    —   what contacts you have or have had with Mr Keith Vaz, MP, Ms Maria Fernandes his wife, Mr Mohammed Pathan, Mrs Sally Williams or Mrs Rita Gresty or any other person connected with Mr Vaz in any way? What was the purpose of any such contacts?

If you would prefer to discuss this matter with me in the first instance perhaps you would telephone this office to arrange a time.

I would be grateful if you would telephone this office to confirm receipt of this letter when you receive it.

May I thank you in advance for your assistance with this inquiry.

29 October 2001

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