Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex vii10

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

Thank you for your letter of 24 October 2001 and for clarifying some details. I am sorry that there are one or two matters where I need further information.

Please would you let me know in relation to 2. the date the 1998 report went to print.

I am now clear that the report I was referring to from Compagne Internationale de Participations Bancaires et Financieres (CIPAF) which lists Mr Vaz as a director of General Mediterranean Holdings UK covers the years 1978-1999. Please would you let me know the date of that publication too.

To prevent you needing to send me any further reports please would you confirm that Mr Vaz has at no time been listed or recorded in any report as a director of any company or subsidiary company of General Mediterranean Holdings SA, General Mediterranean Holdings UK or CIPAF other than in the annual report of General Mediterranean Holdings SA 1998.

Finally, please would you also confirm that no company or person, about which you have knowledge, has provided benefits or financial support to Mr Vaz.

I am most grateful to you for your continued assistance with this inquiry.

30 October 2001

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