Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex i3

Letter to Mr Keith Vaz MP from the then Chairman of the Committee on Standards and Privileges


The Committee at its meeting today noted various press articles which alleged that payments had been made to Mapesbury Communications from the Hinduja Foundation.

The Commissioner also informed the Committee that she had received a complaint from Mr Andrew Lansley raising this matter. She has told me that she will be writing to you in due course with a copy of the letter.

The Committee agreed that I should write to you to require you to provide the Commissioner with full details of any payment from the Hinduja family or their Foundation, to you, or any member of your family, with the supporting documentary records.

In particular I have been informed that on 6 July 1995 that the Hinduja Foundation made a payment to Mapesbury Communications. Please would you provide the Commissioner with details of the payment including:

1.  The purpose of the payment;
2.  The details of any event it was to fund;
3.  The amount and the terms of payment; and
4.  The account into which it was paid.

Please would you also state whether you, or any member of your family, has received or been associated, in any way, with any other payments or benefits provided by the Hinduja family or their Foundation and, if so, provide full details.

When we met yesterday you offered me a copy of your evidence to the Hammond enquiry. I would be grateful if you would forward that evidence to the Commissioner.

20 March 2001

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