Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex IV6

Letter to Chief Inspector K P Smith from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

I am currently conducting a Parliamentary inquiry into complaints against Mr Vaz.

Mr Vaz has informed me that one of the witnesses to this inquiry, Miss Eileen Eggington QPM, has subjected his mother, Mrs Vaz senior, to a harassing telephone call and implied she was acting on my behalf. I asked Mr Vaz for details.

Mr Vaz has informed me that he reported the matter to you and you are following it up.

Any attempt to interfere in Parliamentary inquiry conducted by me could be a contempt of the House and any such allegation is therefore treated very seriously by the Standards and Privileges Committee which has power to require documents relevant to an inquiry.

My role is to conduct the investigation on behalf of the Standards and Privileges Committee of the House of Commons and report accurately to them. I shall report this incident to the Committee. I would be grateful therefore if you would let me have the details, of which you are aware, which relate to this phone call and the results of any enquiries you have made.

May I thank you in advance for your assistance.

21 November 2001

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