Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report


Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards from the Rt Hon David Heathcoat-Amory MP

I am writing to refer to you a further apparent breach of House of Commons rules by Mr Geoffrey Robinson MP.

I enclose an extract from a Companies House listing showing past and present members of the JCT Property Company which owned property and unit trusts worth £800,000.[1] It appears that Mr Robinson held jointly with his stepmother one third of the shares and that he ceased to hold the shares on 3 November 1997, three months after the deadline for Members of Parliament to register their interests after the General Election.

It is not clear whether these shares were held personally or in the capacity as trustee, in which case it is relevant to ask the status of the trust and its beneficiaries.

As you know, the rules of the House of Commons require Members to register any shareholding worth more than £25,000 or which constitutes more than 1 per cent of a company.

I hope that you will look carefully into this matter. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

5 March 1999

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