Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex i11

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Mr David Broad, Hinduja Foundation (UK)

We spoke briefly on 27th March about your letter of 26th March and you kindly sent me a copy of the Standing Order of 1998 setting out your own and your Committee's powers.

So far as the Foundation is concerned, the answers to the points you raise are as follows:

    ·  A thorough review of our files and records going back to 1991 by those of us involved has revealed only one payment to Mr Vaz, Miss Maria Fernandes (Mrs Vaz) or to Mapesbury Communications, namely the one on 6th July 1995 to Mapesbury Communications, to which you referred.

    ·  This payment for £1,196.10 was for services the company provided in order that an eminent Indian divine, Swami Dada J.P. Vaswani, could address an invited audience in the Palace of Westminster on 8th June 1995, and that a reception could be held immediately afterwards. The payment was included on page 9 of the our accounts (copy enclosed) submitted to the Charity Commission for that year.

    ·  The services provided are listed in the company's invoice of 4th June 1995 (copy attached).

    ·  I also attach a list of the guests who accepted the invitation to attend the Lecture/Reception and a letter from the Chairman of the Trustees of the Foundation thanking Swami Vaswani for his lecture. I have been unable to unearth any further papers on the event.

30 March 2001

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