Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex vii26

Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from the Rt Hon Lord Steel of Aikwood KBE DL

Thank you for your letter of 14th September requesting information in connection with Mr Keith Vaz.

I am sorry that I am unable to answer the three questions that you put. The board of GMH on which I serve is not responsible for the appointment of remuneration of directors of the various subsidiary companies. That is properly done at each of their agm's.

What I can tell you is that the first I knew that Mr Vaz was a director of a subsidiary was when I read it in the company's annual report. I understand that his appointment was short-lived because he then became a minister. His arrival and departure may well have occurred in between any two meetings of the main board.

18 September 2001

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