Letter to the Clerk of the Committee on
Standards and Privileges
from Mr Nadhmi Shakir Auchi, Chairman,
General Mediterranean Holding
I thank you for your letter dated 16th January 2002,
sent by special delivery on 17th January 2002 to my home address.
As I had been abroad for an extended business trip until late
Saturday 19th January, I only saw it upon my return. On the same
day, your letter of 19th December 2001 was also delivered. I have
however not received your letter of 9th January that you have
referred to in your letter of 16th January and thank you for its
copy, which I have now read. In future, may I request that any
correspondence to me is sent to my office address?
As you are no doubt aware, we have always dealt with
the Parliamentary Commissioner's correspondence promptly and offered
the fullest cooperation. With our business interests in all parts
of the globe, inevitably there are occasions when I have to be
away from my office in London for extended periods of time. As
it happens, I am committed to fly out again this afternoon to
attend an important business meeting; but in view of your letters,
I have delayed my departure until tomorrow so that the matters
raised by you can been addressed through this letter.
Following your numerical sequence, I am able to deal
with questions raised in your letter of 19th December 2001. Please
1. A copy of my letter of 26th January 1999,
confirming Mr Vaz's appointment to the board of General Mediterranean
Holding UK Ltd is attached. Whilst the letter states that the
appointment was deemed to start on 1 January 1999, Mr Vaz only
accepted the appointment, verbally, with effect from 13th April
1999. There was no formal written acceptance. The appointment
was restricted to just the one company mentioned. He had no association
with any other company in the General Mediterranean organisation.
The letter makes it quite clear that the directorship would not
be onerous and it is implicit that the role would be a non-executive
one, the Board also intending to meet only twice a year.
2. My aforementioned letter also states that
Mr Vaz's fees would be at the rate of US$20,000 per annum.
3. The amount of the fee offered to Mr Vaz was
communicated in my above-mentioned letter of 26th January 1999.
4. The amount of remuneration paid to Mr Vaz
In the series of correspondence with the Parliamentary
Commissioner, Mr Husain provided all the information. As the period
of Mr Vaz's directorship was so short, the only documentation
is my letter of 26th January 1999.
The matter of the 1998 annual report and the commemorative
brochure of General Mediterranean Holding SA was explained in
Mr Husain's letter of 6th November 2001 to Mrs Filkin.
I am pleased to attach a copy for your reference. As requested
we also attach copies of the invoices for the printing of the
aforementioned report and brochure.
I trust that as your questions have now been answered
it therefore will not be necessary for me to attend the meeting
of the Committee on Tuesday 22nd January at the House of Commons,
permitting me to honour my aforementioned long standing travel
I will be happy to deal with any other mater that
might arise. Kindly note my phone and fax numbers as shown above.
Needless to say, your Committee is fully aware of the extended
and copious correspondence appertaining to this matter between
the Parliamentary Commissioner and members of our board and staff.
As a courtesy I am sending a copy of this letter
to the Chairman of your Committee, Sir George Young MP.
21 January 2002
20 See Annex vii12 to Appendix 1. Back