Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Letter to Mr Nadhmi Shakir Auchi, Chairman, General Mediterranean Holding,

from the Clerk of the Committee on Standards and Privileges

The Committee on Standards and Privileges has received a report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards on complaints against Mr Keith Vaz.

The Commissioner has informed the Committee that she wrote to the Company Secretary of General Mediterranean Holding on 25 September 2001 asking for factual information supported by documentation from the company records. She asked for —

"1.  The exact period(s) during which Mr Vaz served as a non-executive director on the Board of General Mediterranean Holdings and/or any of its subsidiary companies or associated companies.

 2.  The remuneration agreed by the company for Mr Vaz's service(s) with the date(s) on which it was agreed.

 3   The date(s) on which the agreed remuneration(s) was communicated to Mr Vaz.

 4.  The amount of any remuneration paid to Mr Vaz at any time, by the company, any associated company, or subsidiary company."

The Company Secretary has provided no documentation to support his replies. The Company's published Annual Report & Accounts for 1998 and a Twenty Years brochure are said to be inaccurate.

I would be grateful if you would provide the Committee with Board minutes, letters of appointment or other notification documents concerning Mr Vaz's appointment as a non-executive director, and invoices or other documentation confirming the printing and publishing dates for the 1998 Annual Report and the brochure.

I would be grateful if you could let me have a reply on these points as soon as possible but in any event by 3 January 2002.

19 December 2001

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