Sir John Butterfill, Mr Stephen Byers, Ms Patricia Hewitt, Mr Geoff Hoon, Mr Richard Caborn and Mr Adam Ingram - Standards and Privileges Committee Contents

6  Mr Adam Ingram


65. Mr Ingram was the Member for East Kilbride, Strathavan and Lesmahagow when he met the undercover reporter on or about 9 or 10 March.[84] The interview was referred to in a Sunday Times article of 28 March.[85] On the same date, the Member for Chelsea and Fulham, Greg Hands, made a formal complaint to the Commissioner about Mr Ingram.[86]

The Commissioner's findings

66. The Commissioner does not consider that any of the statements made by Mr Ingram during the course of his meeting with the undercover reporter were in breach of the rules of the House.[87] He has not, therefore, upheld the allegations against Mr Ingram.

67. The Commissioner's main findings in relation to Mr Ingram are set out below.

  • Mr Ingram's statements to the undercover reporter about contacts with former and future Ministers and with civil servants and his comments about a consortium being put together to bid for defence work were all made in the context of what he might do after leaving Parliament and did not breach the rules.[88]
  • Mr Ingram properly registered his income from work he carried out for various companies and as a consultant.[89]

68. We sent Mr Ingram a copy of the Commissioner's findings of fact and conclusions and invited him to submit evidence. Mr Ingram informed us that he had no comment to make.


69. The Commissioner has not upheld the allegations against Mr Ingram. We agree with the Commissioner that Mr Ingram did not breach the Code or the rules, although we do consider that—like the other Members—he was unwise to agree to the meeting. We make no recommendation in this case.

84   Appendix 1, paragraph 577 Back

85   Appendix 1, WE9 Back

86   Appendix 1, paragraph 14 Back

87   Appendix 1, paragraph 728 Back

88   Appendix 1, paragraphs 718 to 720 and 724 to 726 Back

89   Appendix 1, paragraphs 721 to 723 and 727 Back

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