Letter to Mr Geoffrey Robinson MP from
Parnell Kerr Forster
Further to the oral instructions of Mr Bernard O'Sullivan
of Decherts, solicitors, which were confirmed in our letter to
you of 4 June 2001, we are writing to set out the details of the
results of the work undertaken. We were asked to carry out a search
for a specific returned cheque contained within 406 boxes of information
and papers at the London offices of Andersen. The cheque we were
searching for is cheque number 1751 drawn on NatWest Bank, Chancery
Lane branch in the sum of £200,000 on the account of Pergamon
AGB and which was debited to the bank on 11 December 1990. We
also searched the boxes of information and papers for the related
cheque stub for this particular cheque.
The boxes, which were sequentially numbered, were
made available to us at the offices of Andersen in London. From
our review we noted that two boxes were missing from the sequences.
Andersen informed us that the contents of one box had been incorporated
in to others of the 406 boxes and therefore no longer existed.
In the case of the second box number, this had not been located
and no explanation was provided. After further searches over some
weeks, Andersen confirmed that they had located the missing box.
We therefore revisited Andersen's offices to inspect this last
We did not find the returned cheque or the corresponding
cheque stub in any of the 406 boxes we inspected.
We understand that all cheques were returned by banks
to companies within the Maxwell organisation and should therefore
be retained within the papers thereof unless the cheque has been
wilfully destroyed. If you wish to pursue the search further despite
the negative outcome of our initial work, we consider that the
next course of action would be to search the documents retained
which are personal to Mr Maxwell and also those documents retained
from Mr Maxwell's private companies.
If you have any queries or wish to proceed with a
search of further documents please do not hesitate to contact
11 October 2001