Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr Keith Vaz MP
1. Thank you for your letter of 19th June 2001
to me and to Keith Bennett. May I also thank you for your good
wishes for my speedy recovery. Although I am not fully recovered
I thought it was right that I should respond to the points that
have been raised so that as you put it "this inquiry may
be drawn to a close".
2. To enable me to give you full and accurate
answers to the points raised so far I would be most grateful if
you could kindly send me the following:
a. The full statement signed by Mrs Eggington
b. The full set of research papers sent to you
by the BBC and the Telegraph
3. I am sure that you will agree that it is important
that I deal with all the points raised and I can only do so if
I have all the information.
4. In view of the comments of the Committee I
shall continue to correspond with you but I shall be relying on
legal advice given to me by Geoffrey Bindman who of course you
know. I should tell you that there is litigation pending in respect
of some of the matters already raised in the press.
5. Could I also trouble you for two further pieces
of information. I wish to write to Sir Gordon Downey about one
matter, I would be grateful if you could let me have his address.
The second point relates to the letter I sent you following Mr
Lansley's complaint, I would be most grateful if you could send
me a copy of this.
6. Thank you again for your kind wishes.
1 July 2001