Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex iii5

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Rodney Green, Chief Executive, Leicester City Council

Further to your recent telephone enquiry I confirm that Keith Vaz worked at a law centre run by Highfields and Belgrave Law Centre Limited. The company was funded by Council grant. I understand that around 1986/7 the Board broke down and the Council withdrew funding. In an attempt to maintain the provision of law advice services, the Council took a shell company which it had registered and changed the name to Leicester Advice and Information Services Limited. This company was then paid the grant previously paid to the Highfields and Belgrave Law Centre. It also inherited the staff including Keith Vaz.

LAIS Limited ran the Law Centre until a new company was set up to take over the task around 1990 or 1991. LAIS was formally dissolved on 6th April 1992.

It is understood by colleagues that Keith Vaz was employed by LAIS for a period after his election to Parliament, but no records are available to confirm precise details. Arthur Price-Jones, with whom I believe you have had previous contact, was Company Secretary and may be able to provide further help.

I hope this is useful. With best wishes.

22 October 2001

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