Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Letter to Mr Keith Vaz MP

from the Clerk of the Committee on Standards and Privileges

As you know, the Committee on Standards and Privileges has received a report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards on the complaints made against you.

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For the avoidance of doubt, the Committee would be grateful if you could let me have written responses to two of the questions put to you by the Commissioner in her letter of 19 October (Annex ii78 to her memorandum), namely:

"On what date did your employment with the law centre formally cease and, if different, what was the date up to which you were paid?"


"...please confirm for the record that you have now provided me [i.e. the Commissioner] with complete information about all your property interests, in the UK or elsewhere, during the time you have been a Member of Parliament?"

The Committee would also be grateful if you could provide it with written responses to the following questions:

(i)  Have you ever had any connections with a Mr *** (or a Mr ***)?

(ii)  Have you ever had any connection whatsoever with *** Ltd or (to the best of your knowledge) with any person connected in any way at any time with the company?

(iii)  Have you ever had any connection with, or raised any question with anyone about, the Intervention Board's investigation into *** Ltd?

I would be grateful if you would let me have your reply on these points as soon as possible, but in any event by 3 January 2002.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you would like any further help or advice.

I am sending a copy of this letter to Mr Geoffrey Bindman.

19 December 2001

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