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
25 June 1987