MR GEORGE GALLOWAY
on Standards and Privileges has agreed to the following Report:
1. The Committee considered
the memorandum from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
relating to a complaint by Mr Charles Hendry, former Member for
High Peak, against Mr George Galloway, Member for Glasgow Kelvin.
The complaint alleged that Mr Galloway had failed to declare
a relevant interest during his speech in an adjournment debate
which he had initiated.
At the time of the debate Mr Galloway had entries in the Register
of Members' Interests as a director of and shareholder in Hawk
Communications International, described as a company established
"to assist democratic development in the Middle East and
the Indian sub-continent"
Evidence produced in support of the complaint suggested that
either directly, or through Hawk, Mr Galloway provided public
relations services to the Committee for the Defence of Legitimate
Rights (CDLR) an organisation whose members opposed the policies
of the Saudi Arabian Government. The Commissioner considered
that the evidence provided to him was not sufficient to validate
the allegation that there had been a breach of the rules of disclosure.
He concluded that he had no grounds for challenging Mr Galloway's
version of events and recommended that the Committee should find
2. The Committee accepts
the Commissioner's report and conclusions on the complaint submitted.
A draft report prepared by the previous Committee together with
the evidence taken before it and Mr Galloway's comments are appended.
Report, 24 January 1996, cols. 453-462. Back
Galloway's entries in the Register for January 1994, January 1995
and March 1996 are reproduced in Appendix 8. Back
3: Memorandum submitted by the Commissioner, paragraph 14. Back
1 and 2 and 4 to 7 and the Minutes of Evidence, pp.1-21. Back