Sir Norman wrote to Customs and Excise on House of Commons notepaper asking them to review their decision to issue a bankruptcy notice against Ketley Goold Associates, a firm of architects, for non-payment of a VAT bill thought to total pounds 70,000.
The company is part-owned by Colin Ketley, who lives with Caroline Bell, Sir Norman's secretary of 16 years.
The letter blamed the firm's difficulties on bad debts, a theft by a former company employee and a decline in the construction industry. He said the firm hoped that a series of new contracts would help to restore its fortunes.
Sir Norman said last night that he had no reservations about sending the letter, which was of a type which he would have sent on behalf of any constituent.
He added: 'I have no business relationship of any kind with the partnership concerned whatsoever.'
A spokesman for Customs and Excise said that by the time the letter had been received, the case against Ketley Goold had been set aside because a method of payment of the outstanding tax bill had already been agreed.Reuse content