Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex vii23

Letter to Mr Nadhmi S Auchi, General Mediterranean Holding, from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

Thank you for your letter of 29 October 2001.

Mr Husain has provided me with further information and clarification about the General Mediterranean Group for which I am grateful. However Mr Husain makes it clear that he can only speak for companies in the General Mediterranean Group.

I am afraid I need your assistance on other matters concerning information I have received about support provided to Mr Vaz.

As you have declined my request for a meeting at present perhaps you would let me know the following:

1.  Have you personally, or through any company, provided any support of any kind, for Mr Vaz at any time?

2.  Has Tucan Investments plc ever provided support for Mr Vaz at any time or in any way?

3.  During the year ended December 1997 I see that Tucan Investments plc made political donations of £3,000. Was any such donation made to Mr Vaz, or to anybody associated in any way with Mr Vaz, in 1997 or any other year?

4.  Are you aware of any other support provided to Mr Vaz at any time by anybody or organisation?

None of these questions implies in any way that any such support was improper. My only interest in obtaining accurate information from you about these matters is to verify information I have been given by others and to allow me to decide whether Mr Vaz has fulfilled his registration obligations to the House of Commons.

If on reflection you would prefer to meet me to discuss these matters perhaps you would contact my office. In any event I would be grateful to receive your replies as soon as possible to allow me to make my report to the Standards and Privileges Committee of the House of Commons.

May I thank you in advance for your assistance.

5 November 2001

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