Letter to Mr Mohammed Pathan from the
Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
Thank you for your letter of 14 September 2001 which
we received today, 25 September 2001, and for providing answers
to some of my questions.
I am grateful to you for seeking information from
the landlords Accacia Holdings about the rent paid by Mapesbury
Communications for the premises at Savant House. I note that the
rent per month was £108.33 and that a total of £3509.83
was paid in rent.
I am afraid there are still a number of questions
which I asked you in my letter of 10 July and repeated in my letter
of 13 September where your replies remain outstanding. Please
would you let me have those answers as soon as possible.
When we met on 4 July you kindly said you would try
to obtain the information I needed and in your letter of 30 August
you said you had written to the company accountant for the financial
information I had requested. Please let me have a copy of the
accountant's letter to you which may cover most of the outstanding
questions which I list below as a reminder.
From my letter of 10 July 2001
2. A list of all the events which Mapesbury
Communications organised with dates.
Details of the work which the company carried
out for the Asian Business Network and the events organised for
Your reply at 2 in your letter of 30 August 2001
about one event does not give the full information which I need.
Please provide a complete list.
6. The amounts paid in salaries and fees to
directors and employees for each year.
You offered in your letter of 30 August to provide
these totals. As I said in my letter of 13 September I would be
pleased to receive them from you.
From my letter of 13 September 2001
8. Your estimate of the period covered by
the list which you provided for the Committee. They will appreciate
that the list was compiled from your knowledge and involvement
with the company and therefore may not be comprehensive and that
the period you estimate may not be totally accurate.
9. Likewise the Committee needs your estimate
of this amount though will recognise that this may not be a precise
The amount in question was an estimate of the total
figure covered by the entries on the list which you provided to
You ask if I can provide you with the names of witnesses
who have provided me with information which seems to be at variance
with yours. As I am sure you will understand I do not provide
the names of any witnesses to others during an enquiry. I would
not give your name to other witnesses and likewise I would not
disclose the names of other witnesses.
To reply to your question about reimbursement for
assisting my inquiry. There are no funds provided by Parliament
to cover the time spent by witnesses giving information to a Parliamentary
inquiry carried out by the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards. Travel and subsistence costs are available for
witnesses who need to travel any distance to meet me.
May I thank you again for the assistance you have
provided and the time you have given in the public interest. I
look forward to bringing these matters to a close but I need your
replies before I can do so.
25 September 2001