Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Seventh Report

Annex UU

Affidavit of Roger Davis


I, ROGER DAVIS, of * * *, MAKE OATH AND SAY as follows: —

1.  I was appointed financial controller of Transfer Technology Limited in 1988 and became Finance Director in 1989. I left the company in 1994.

2.  During the course of 1990 Transfer Technology Limited carried out certain work for Lock International Plc which at that time was a company ultimately beneficially owned by Maxwell interests. It was proposed that Transfer Technology Limited receive a management fee of £200,000 in respect of this work (the "Management Fee"). In May 1991 the business of Transfer Technology Limited and Lock International Plc were combined into the business which is known as TransTec Plc.

3..  I have been asked to swear this Affidavit to set out my recollection as to whether or not Transfer Technology Limited or any associated companies received the Management Fee. To the extent that matters to which I refer to in this Affidavit are within my own knowledge they are true.

4.  To the best of my knowledge, information and belief neither Transfer Technology Limited or any associated companies ever received the Management Fee. Equally I am unaware that Geoffrey Robinson ever received a payment himself either direct from Maxwell interests or through Transfer Technology Limited or its associated companies. My recollection is that in the end the Management Fee was never paid. As Finance Director of Transfer Technology Limited I would obviously be aware of such a large receipt by the company or its subsidiaries.
Sworn by ROGER DAVIS )
at Chard Somerset) [Signed by Roger Davis]
on the 29th day of June 1999 )

Before me: —


A Solicitor/Commissioner for Oaths

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