Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex vii4

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from the Rt Hon Lord Lamont of Lerwick


Thank you for your letter, which I received yesterday. I telephoned your office and spoke to your PA yesterday.

I am a director of Compaigne Internationale de Participations Bancaires et Financieres (CIPAF) which is a subsidiary of General Mediterranean Holdings. I am not, and not ever been, a director of General Mediterranean Holdings or any of its other subsidiaries.

As I explained to your PA I have never been a director of any company of which Mr Vaz has also been a director at the same time. Hence I know nothing about the dates or terms on which Mr Vaz may have been a director of any company.

I have never come across Keith Vaz in any business relating to CIPAF or General Mediterranean Holdings.

I would suggest that you write directly to the UK office of General Mediterranean Holdings at 364-366 Kensington High Street, London W14 8NS. I am sure they will be able to provide you with the information.

21 September 2001

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