Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex vii21

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

You may be aware that I am currently investigating complaints that Mr Keith Vaz MP may have failed to enter some of his financial interests, or benefits which he received, in the Register of Members' Interests or that he failed to enter them within the timescale required by Parliament.

I am grateful for the assistance I am receiving from your Company Secretary, Mr A Husain, and for the help given to me by Lord Lamont.

I have taken evidence from a number of witnesses. I am now seeking to verify information. I feel that I should verify the information, which relates to your businesses, with you because you will be able to provide an accurate and complete picture.

It goes without saying that there is no implication whatsoever that any of your businesses acted improperly by appointing Mr Vaz as a Director or providing him with other benefits. My only concern is whether Mr Vaz fulfilled his obligations to Parliament and my task is to put before the Standards and Privileges Committee of the House of Commons a complete and correct account.

I would be grateful therefore if you would come to see me so that we can discuss these matters. May I request that you telephone me to arrange a time convenient to you. I enclose a leaflet which sets out the complaints process of the House of Commons.

25 October 2001

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