Letter to Mr Nigel Griffiths MP
from the Registrar of Members' Interests
Thank you for your letter of 8 December to [the former
Registrar], whom I have replaced as Registrar of Members' Interests,
and for your telephone calls.
As I explained on the telephone, Category 8 of the
Register requires the registration of 'any land or property, other
than any home used for the personal residential purposes of the
Member or the Member's spouse, which has a substantial income
or from which a substantial income is derived. The nature of the
property should be indicated'.
The property you describe would appear to have a
substantial value, and you derive rental income from it; my advice
is therefore that it should be registered.
A suitable form of words might be 'I own a property
at 31 Minto Street, Edinburgh, which I use as my constituency
office, for which I also receive rent from a Member of the Scottish
Parliament for the use of office facilities'.
I advised you to discuss the rental arrangements
with the Fees Office and you said you had already done so.
11 December 2001