Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex I2

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

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