Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex IV1

File note by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

8 OCTOBER 2001

I said to Mr Vaz that I was unclear about the document that he felt that we had which we had not sent to him. Mr Vaz says that the Sale Note that was in the batch of documents from the BBC referred to a sale in 1999. We transferred the date of 1999 into the property schedule which in fact is the sale from the people who bought the property from him to the people who bought it from them. He has confirmed in a letter today that he sold 70 Teignmouth Road in 1997.

I checked with him whether in relation to para. 75 that should be 1998. He said no, it should be 1988.

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Mr Vaz told me that his mother has now been taken ill again and was now in hospital, having received a telephone call from Eileen Eggington who asked her a lot of questions. Eileen Eggington gave Mrs Vaz senior the impression that she was asking these questions on my behalf or in relation to my office. I said I was extremely sorry to hear that and if Mr Vaz would write to me about this I would see whether there was anything at all that I could do. I assured Mr Vaz that no one acts on my behalf other than people from my office or me. Mr Vaz said he was reassured to hear this.

Mr Vaz said he has written to me again today and I said that I hoped he would send me anything else he needed to so that I would be able to deal with the matter as quickly as possible.

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