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Friday, 8 February, 2002, 13:34 GMT
Keith Vaz: What the report said
The Standards and Privileges Committee report entitled Complaints against Keith Vaz has been published.

Here are its main findings:

Complaints upheld
Complaints not upheld
Conclusion


Complaints Upheld

Complaints not upheld

  • "That the Hinduja brothers made payments to Mapesbury Communications Limited which constituted a benefit to Mr Vaz which he failed to register."

  • "That Mr Vaz received registrable benefits from the Hinduja brothers in return for seeking, mainly through his wife, preferential treatment of immigration issues on behalf of the Hinduja family or business, and that Mr Vaz failed to register those benefits."

  • "That he received free office accommodation at the Hinduja Foundation which he failed to register as a benefit.

  • "That Mr Vaz obtained payments or benefits via Mapesbury Communications Limited. The Commissioner said she had received no hard information to link payments into Mapesbury with payments or benefits to Mr Vaz."

  • "Mr Vaz appears to have fulfilled the registration requirements (with regard to his property interests) and he has now confirmed that since he became a Member he has had no financial interest in any property which is not listed in the table included in the Commissioner's memorandum."

  • "The Commissioner reported she had not been able to conclude her inquiries into the complaint Mr Vaz had employed an illegal immigrant as a domestic servant, and had held her passport in his constituency office as a means of exerting improper influence over her.

    "Having weighed that evidence against the evidence provided in support of the complaint we do not uphold the complaint."

  • "That Mr Vaz inappropriately intervened in a criminal investigation by the Intervention Board and that he failed to declare to a civil servant an interest in a company under investigation by the Board."

  • "The Commissioner reported that she had not been able to conclude her inquiries into the allegation Mr Vaz had failed to register a remunerated directorship with General Mediterranean Holding (GMH) or its subsidiary. This was because GMH had not provided documentary evidence relating to Mr Vaz's appointment as a director which would have settled the conflict in the evidence submitted to her... so we do not uphold the complaint."

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Conclusion

"Of the original eleven allegations made against Mr Vaz we have not upheld eight.

"We have upheld three, two of which we do not regard as serious.

"If that had been all, we would have recommended an apology to the House. Regrettably two further matters have arisen from the way Mr Vaz responded to the allegations against him investigated by the Commissioner.

"We have found he committed serious breaches of the Code of Conduct and a contempt of the House.

"We recommend that Mr Vaz be suspended from the service of the House for one month."

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"Keith Vaz failed to tell the Commissioner about all his property interests"
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