Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex v15

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Ms Eileen Eggington QPM

Further to my letter dated 12th November 2001, I wish to draw your attention to information, which came to light in reviewing my papers on this case.

I refer you to Rita Gresty's statement dated 25th June 2001, concerning the employment of Mrs Mary Matin as a nanny to the Vaz family. On page eight of that statement Rita added that in the New Year 2000, Mary came to the Harrow office to assist with filing because work in the office had become very busy due to substantially increased workload.

You will see from the attached letter dated 9th June 2000 from Maria Fernandes to Vyan Gresty, that she corroborates Rita Gresty's statement. Paragraph five states: The volume of work has increased, as I would expect it to but only to the point where it needs a part-time additional member of staff. Mary was already doing some work and I know that Rita found that it helped her. Furthermore as the practice became busier Rita was removed from personal duties so that she could concentrate on the work alone."

Mr Gresty is aware that I am bringing this matter to your attention.

13 November 2001

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