Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr Fraser Kemp MP
In the Register of Members' Interests Mr Hague has
declared under Remunerated employment, office, profession
"Any fees received as a result of speaking engagements
will be paid into the William Hague Charitable Trust. Donations
from this trust will be distributed by an independent board of
trustees to charitable organisations within my constituency."
It now seems, following a press statement, that such
a trust does not exist. In the light of this I would be grateful
if you could investigate the following points:
1. Why did William Hague mislead the registrar
by declaring a charitable trust that had not yet been set up?
2. When did William Hague decide not to set up
this charitable trust?
3. Why, then, did William Hague not inform the
Registrar of this within the specified 4 weeks, as laid out in
Paragraph 10 of the Code of Conduct?
4. Who are, or were, the 'independent trustees'
and what was their role?
5. Will William Hague now publish the details
and money he has received for speaking engagements and other relevant
activities he has undertaken that ordinarily would have had to
have been declared in the Register of Members' Interests.
6. A Conservative Party spokesman has stated
that 'any speaking fees are donated to local charities'. Can William
Hague confirm that every single speaking fee has been donated
to a local charity.
7. Which local charities has William Hague donated
money to and how much has he given each?
8. Who decides which charities William Hague
donates to and what are the criteria for deciding which charities
to donate to?
13 February 2001