Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Second Report



  The Committee 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.[1] 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"[2] 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 accordingly.[3]

  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.[4]

1  Official Report, 24 January 1996, cols. 453-462. Back

2  Mr Galloway's entries in the Register for January 1994, January 1995 and March 1996 are reproduced in Appendix 8. Back

3  Appendix 3: Memorandum submitted by the Commissioner, paragraph 14. Back

4  Appendices 1 and 2 and 4 to 7 and the Minutes of Evidence, pp.1-21. Back

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