Extract from surgery list, 17 April 1999
Note to Mr Keith Vaz MP
from Mr McGinty, Law Officer's Department
This correspondence and the covering letter from
you eventually filtered down to me. Mr Peene's case is very
well known. There are, basically, two threads to his allegations.
The first is that the legal unit of the DTI is in some way corrupt.
This has been fully investigated, both internally and by the police.
There has been nothing to support Mr Peene's allegations.
The second relates to his treatment by the DTIhe
was moved to MAFF somewhat unwillingly. This complaint is being
There is nothing really here for the AG in terms
of responsibility and it is a matter we would very much want to
avoid getting him involved in if possible. The correct recipient
of your letter would be the DTI ministercurrently Mr Byers.
I hope this is helpful. Please ask if you need any
8 April 1999