Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex IV19

File note by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards


12 NOVEMBER 2001


Following the telephone call from Mrs Gresty on Thursday evening and receipt of the letter from Mr Gresty I had suggested they both meet with me today so that Mrs Gresty could tell me what she wished to do in relation to the statements that she had made previously.

Mrs Gresty was obviously under considerable pressure. Her husband said that they still have not agreed about the way forward. He said, whatever, his letter to me was to remain on record.

I asked Mrs Gresty what she had decided to do and she asked questions about my process, the Committee's process and the publication process. After consideration of these issues she told me that she was going to allow her statement to remain although she felt under very considerable pressure and threat. She said she felt it would be worse for her if she withdrew her statement at this point. Mrs Gresty said that she would write to me to confirm this.

I asked Mrs Gresty whether she is involved in tribunal proceedings against Mrs Vaz. She was obviously shocked. She said she is not involved in any proceedings against Mrs Vaz.

She made it clear to me that she was anxious because she believed that employees do owe a duty of confidentiality to their employers and therefore she was putting herself under pressure as to whether she should or should not have provided this information to me. She made it clear that it was only because of what she had read in the newspapers that she felt that she ought to tell the truth.

Mr Gresty pointed out to Mrs Gresty during the discussion instances where he believed that Mr or Mrs Vaz had not told the truth. * * *

I thanked Mrs Gresty, Miss Eggington and Mr Gresty for coming. Mrs Gresty said she would write to me.

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