Select Committee on Standards and Privileges Fourth Report

Annex D

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 etc.:

"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

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