Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex v6

Letter to Mr Stephen Boys Smith, Immigration and Nationality Directorate, Home Office from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards


I am currently conducting an enquiry into allegations that Mr Vaz has broken the Code of Conduct and/or Rules for Members of Parliament.

One matter drawn to my attention by Mrs E Eggington concerns allegations, (copied to you), that Mr Vaz employed Mrs Shahanara Mary Martin while she was an illegal immigrant to Britain.

Further to my telephone conversation with Mr A Pearce I am writing to you to request your assistance with information on this matter so that I may decide whether I am required to look into any aspect of this complaint.

Please would you let me know details of Mr Vaz's involvement in this case including:

1.  Whether he has at any time made any representations or enquiries concerning Mrs Martin;

2.  Whether he was involved in the employment of Mrs Martin when her immigration status was in doubt. If so, whether he informed you as to whether he was aware of her immigration status at the time;

3.  Whether your Service is taking any action on this matter in relation to (a) Mrs Martin and, if relevant, (b) Mr Vaz. If so, the scope of your enquiries or actions concerning Mr Vaz.

4.  Any other matters which relate to Mr Vaz's involvement in this matter which would assist me in obtaining a complete picture.

May I thank you in advance for your help on this matter.

25 June 2001

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