Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex vii8

Letter to Mr Arif Husain, General Mediterranean Holding (UK) Ltd, from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Thank you for your letter of 12 October and for providing me with information.

I am sorry that I need to bother you for further details to clarify that information.

1.  Why was there a gap of almost three months from the offer of the directorship on 26 January 1999 to the acceptance by Mr Vaz on 13 April 1999?

2.  I have seen that Mr Vaz is listed as a director in the published Annual Report of General Mediterranean Holdings SA as a director of the UK Holdings Company for 1998 and in the Annual Report of Compagnie Internationale de Participations Bancaires et Financiers (CIPAF) Mr Vaz is listed as a director of General Mediterranean Holdings (UK) for 1999.

Please would you explain why the company provided these listings for these years if no offer of any directorship was made before January 1999 and it was only accepted on 13 April 1999?

3.  Please would you send me a copy of the annual reports for both bodies for 1996 and 1997.

May I thank you again for your help with this information.

17 October 2001

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