Questions for Mr Archy Kirkwood
1. Please explain your role as a Director
and Trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd. and the purpose
and tasks of the Trust.
2. You say you were appointed a Director/Trustee
of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd in 1984. The 'miscellaneous
and unremunerated' category in the Register became available in
1994 but you did not then make an entry in the category. You registered
it in 1995.
what was the reason for the timelag?
3. When did you become Chair of Joseph Rowntree
Reform Trust Ltd?
did you consider reflecting this change
of role in your Register entry?
if so, why did you not do so?
4. You say you are Chairman of the 'JRSST
what is its full name?
what does it do and how is it related
to Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Limited?
5. You say that the extract from the accounts
you have provided shows all sums of money shown against your name
in the Trust accounts since you became a Director and Trustee.
do these sums cover all Trust expenditure
from which you benefited in any way?
if anything else occurs to you, please
let me know.
6. The extract from the accounts shows a
payment to you in 1992 of £10,716 and one of £2,000
to Roxburgh and Berwick Liberal Association. A note reads 'the
accounts for the year 1992 show an allocation of £12,716
for political purposes to AJK rather than £10,716 and an
allocation of £2,000 to the R&BLA'.
why do you think this was?
7. Can you confirm that, with the exception
of the £2,000 referred to above, all the payments to you
recorded between 1989 and 1992 in the extract from the Trust accounts
you have supplied relate to the employment of Mr Jacobs?
do they include the severance payments
to Mr Jacobs and if not where would these payments be recorded?
8. The extract from the accounts for 1997
shows 'Research Assistance and Publication Costs'. Your Register
entry in the first register of the new Parliament shows 'A contribution
of more than 25% of my election expenses at the General Election'.
why is there no entry for research assistance
in the new Parliament Register?
where in the accounts is the assistance
with election expenses shown?
9. You say that Paul Jacobs was engaged
and paid by the Trust from their office in York.
who was his employer? Please supply
me with a copy of his contract.
what work did he do for you?
to what extent was he involved in your
election campaign in 1992?
10. Who employed Julian Astle?
please supply me with a copy of his
11. Were either yourself or Professor Smith paid
for the work you did on the regulation of remuneration of top
executives for which the Trust paid Paul Hodgson?
how was the resultant work used and
by whom? Could it be said to have supported you in your work as
12. You say the Trustees have made available
to you £2000 over the course of a Parliament to support your
role as Chairman of the Select Committee.
what expenses cannot be met by the Select
have the Committee taken any formal
note of the support?
13. You say that the Trust is not engaged in
political lobbying. On the other hand you say that the Trust uses
its income to fund 'non-charitable causes and political causes'.
why do you say that the Trust is not
engaged in political lobbying?
how would you define political lobbying?
14. You say that the Trust 'makes awards to organisations
from all sides of the political spectrum whose applications for
funding for projects accord with the company's articles of association'
and that between the last two general elections £285,000
was given to Conservative-party related bodies.
what are the articles of association
and the purpose of the Trust? Please supply any written information
please provide me with more details
of the bodies which receive grant aid from the Trust and a breakdown
by political affiliation of total grants made to bodies, where
available since you became Chairman.
Conflict of interest
15. Have you ever been conscious of a possible
conflict of interest between your roles as a grant-giver and as
a recipient of grant from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd?
if you have ever had such a concern,
how did you manage the possible conflict?
do you take part in the Trust's discussions
when the question of support for yourself and/or your constituency
is raised? If any minutes are available on such a matter please
let me see them.
16. How does the amount of support you receive
compare with that received by your Liberal Democrat colleagues?
if it is greater, how is the difference
17. Have you ever felt there has been a conflict
of interest between your role with Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust
Ltd and your roles in the House as Chairman of a Select Committee
and member of the Commission?
has your involvement with the Trust
ever led you to declare an interest when taking part in parliamentary
have you ever declared an interest when
your Committee has been taking evidence from an organisation supported
by the Trust?
with hindsight, do you now think there
have been occasions on which it would have been wise to declare
18. In the light of these complaints are there
any other matters you wish to bring to my attention?
29 January 2002