Letter to Ms Eileen Eggington QPM from
the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
Thank you for your letter of 26 March 2001 and the
statement made and signed by Mrs Rita Gresty.
You raise complaints concerning the possible failure
of Mr Vaz to disclose financial links to the Hinduja family during
my recent investigation and its consideration by the Standards
and Privileges Committee.
You may be aware that I am currently investigating
such allegations and I will look into the concerns which you raise
which relate to Mr Vaz.
As I am sure you will understand, I have no remit
to look into matters concerning other members of the public unless
their actions are linked to a Member of Parliament.
If Mrs Gresty has evidence of Mr Vaz's involvement
or actions in relation to these matters, she should provide it
to me. In particular, please would Mrs Gresty let me know whether
she has evidence of Mr Vaz's involvement in the passport applications
connected with the Hindujas, whether fees were paid in all the
cases she cites and, if so, the amount in each case.
Turning to the other names mentioned, please would
Mrs Gresty let me know if she has evidence of Mr Vaz's involvement
with the passport applications for the family of Mr EM, with the
assistance provided to Mr JAl or with any fees which resulted
from these activities.
If Mrs Gresty believes that any named official in
the Immigration and Nationality Service has acted improperly,
she, or you, should write to The Director-General, Stephen Boys
Smith, The Immigration and Nationality Service at
I look forward to receiving any further details and I will write
to you again in due course.
28 March 2001