Letter to the Clerk of the Committee on
Standards and Privileges from Mr Geoffrey Bindman
Thank you for your letter of yesterday setting out
the questions which the Committee wishes to have answered. I have
sent to the solicitor acting for Mapesbury Communications the
questions which you have set out in your letter have asked him
to provide the answers to you as a matter of urgency. He is Philip
Conway of Davenport Lyons, 1 Old Burlington Street, London W1X
You told me on the telephone, if I understood you
correctly, that the only other outstanding matter was your request
to the Treasurer of the Leicester East Labour Party for particulars
of the receipt of £1000 from Mr Attwall in early 1993. I
have also written to Councillor Singh Clair endorsing your request
on behalf of Mr Vaz.
The matter which I raised with you on the telephone
was the complaint which the Commissioner has upheld relating to
the fact that Mr Vaz when recommending Mr Zaiwalla for an honour
did not disclose a "financial relationship" with him.
You said you thought that Mr Vaz had sufficiently dealt with this
in his answers to the Committee but he has asked me to summarise
the argument against upholding this complaint and I am writing
to you separately about this.
1 February 2001