Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex vi1

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr Graeme Peene

Irrespective of the provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, I do not believe that it would have been appropriate for me to identify in my letter to The Prime Minister the identity of the company visited during the course of the Russian Butter Export Refund Investigation. Further information relating to the investigation should be obtained from the Chief Executive, Intervention Board Executive Agency.

I would be grateful if Members of Parliament on the Standards and Privileges Committee could investigate the conduct of Mr Keith Vaz, Member for Leicester East, to ascertain why he sought to involve himself in a confidential and politically sensitive criminal investigation.

I look forward to your reply.

31 January 2001

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