Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fifth Report

Annex iii11

Letter to all Members of Parliament from the then Registrar of Members' Interests

May I congratulate you on your election to the House.

As Registrar of Members' Interests it is my duty to draw your attention to the Register and to the Resolutions of the House of 22 May 1974, 12 June 1975 and 17 December 1985. The House has agreed that:

    "The purpose of this Register is to provide information of any pecuniary interest or other material benefit which a Member of Parliament may receive which might be thought to affect his conduct as a Member of Parliament or influence his actions, speeches or vote in Parliament."

The House also decided that entries in the Register should disclose only the sources and not the amounts of the remuneration and benefit, and that interests should be entered which date from the first day of the Parliament.

I enclose a form which you should complete and return to me within four weeks of taking your seat. To assist you in completing it, I also enclose:

    (1)  the introduction to the last (1987) edition of the Register which summarises its purpose and lists the nine specific classifications under which Members are required to register their interests;

    (2)  copies of the three Resolutions referred to above; and

    (3)   a copy of the Report from the Select Committee on Members' Interests (Declaration) of Session 1974-75 which the House has endorsed. I draw your attention particularly to paragraphs 12 to 28.

As soon as practicable a House of Commons paper containing the details entered on the forms will be printed and published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office. At the same time a copy of the Register will be open for inspection to the public as well as to Members.

I hope that this information will help you to complete your form without too much difficulty. If you do have problems I will be only too pleased to discuss them with you. I need hardly add that any such discussions would be on a completely confidential basis.

25 June 1987

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