Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex ii54

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from Ms Maria Fernandes

Thank you for your letter of 3rd September 2001. I enclose the relevant pages that I wish to have deleted as they refer to my legal practice and to personal friends.

In addition the following matters need correcting:

On page 3 I informed you that legal proceedings are in existence in respect of the Mail on Sunday. You responded that:

"I need to be very careful because I do not want to do anything that will affect those proceedings".

I assume therefore that you will not publish any material which will affect those proceedings.

On page 4 you imply in answer to Mr Pathan that we were present at your request. This is of course not correct. You did not ask to see us, the record will show that I telephoned you and suggested that we came to see you so that we could be as helpful as possible.

On page 37 you corrected yourself when you stated that my mother was a director of a company called Wildberry. Mr Pathan has now obtained a copy of the relevant documents from Companies House. I did not know who you were referring to. I have only one brother-in-law who lives abroad and is not a director of that company.

I have attached the relevant sections for deletions from Page 15, 16, 17, 26, 40, 41, 42.

4 September 2001

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