Letter to Ms Maria Fernandes from the
Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
May I begin by thanking you both for coming to see
me on 4 July and for answering my questions with patience.
As I said, I am now sending you the record of our
discussion for you to correct and to make additions so that I
may ensure that I have an accurate account from you which is as
full as possible.
You will recall that you also offered to try to obtain
some additional pieces of information for me. In particular:
1. The dates which relate to the history
of the company and show the activities it was engaged in throughout
2. A list of all the events which Mapesbury
Communications organised with dates.
3. Details of the work which the company
carried out for the Asian Business Network and the events organised
for the Network.
4. The payments made by the company to Wildberry
printers with dates.
5. The dates during which Mr Pathan was
a director of Mapesbury Communications.
6. The amounts paid in salaries and fees
to directors and employees for each year.
7. The rent paid each year to Acacia Holdings
in respect of Savant House or any other property occupied at any
time by Mapesbury Communications.
In addition, the answers to the questions set out
in my letter of 14 May 2001 which are outstanding are as follows:
8. The period covered by the list which
you provided to The Chairman of the Standards and Privileges Committee
with your letter of 10th May headed "List of clients,
events and payments in and out in the knowledge of the directors
of the company".
9. As you have confirmed that the list "should
not be considered conclusive", would you kindly inform me
of the total amount in round numbers covered by the entires on
the list, with dates, and the total income received by the company
in each of the years covered by the list?
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10. So that I have a complete picture of all
your transactions with the Hinduja brothers, the Hinduja businesses
and Foundation I would be grateful if you would approach any client
who is connected in any way with the Hinduja brothers, businesses
or Foundation to seek their agreement to disclose to me a list
of the activities carried out for them with dates and the payment
received for each piece of work.
As requested, I enclose the back-up tape recording
made by the note taker.
May I thank you again for your help with my inquiries
and in advance for your help with these questions.
10 July 2001