Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex i5A

Letter to Ms Maria Fernandes from the Clerk of the Committee on Standards and Privileges

The Committee on Standards and Privileges Committee has asked me to write to you further to Mr Robert Sheldon's letter of 20 March about payments from the Hinduja family or the Hinduja Foundation to Mapesbury Communications.

The Committee would be grateful if you could provide me, for the Committee's use, with a copy of the full list of payments into and out of Mapesbury which you showed Mr Sheldon on 15 February. The Committee will treat this as confidential unless any item on it turns out to be relevant to their inquiry.

The Committee may need to have access to the papers of the company, about which you were asked when you gave evidence to the Committee on 13 February. I would be grateful if you could let me know where the surviving papers are held and who has custody of them. The Committee would also be grateful for an assurance that those papers will be preserved in the event of the dissolution of the company.

The Committee may also need to have access to the VAT records relating to the company. The Committee appreciates the assistance which you and Mr Vaz have provided to the Commissioner in her current inquiry and would be grateful for your written agreement to an approach being made to Customs & Excise in relation to those records.

The Committee will look forward to receiving your full reply to Mr Sheldon's letter to you in due course.

27 March 2001

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