Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill: Formal Minutes

Tuesday 20 December 2005

Members Present:

Mr Simon Burns
Mr David Burrowes
Mr Alan Campbell
Ben Chapman
Mr George Howarth
Mr Gerald Howarth
Mr Kevan Jones
Robert Key
Mr Michael Moore
Bob Russell
Jim Sheridan
Mr Don Touhig

1. Declaration of Interests

Members disclosed their interests pursuant to the resolution of the House of 13 July 2005. For details of the declarations see the Annex.

2. Election of Chairman

Mr George Howarth was called to the Chair.

3. Future programme

The Committee considered this matter.

[Adjourned till Thursday 12 January at Ten o'clock

ANNEX

Declarations of Interest

BAIRD, Vera (Redcar)

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Occasional cases as Queen's Counsel remunerated by the Legal Services Commission.

6. Overseas visits
18-26 November 2004, to the Falkland Islands on a parliamentary visit, paid for by the Falkland Islands Government, who also paid my fare from Falkland Islands to Argentina on 26 November for lecture. (Subsistence in Argentina and return fare to UK on 1 December paid by British Council). (Registered 24 January 2005)

BURNS, Simon (West Chelmsford)

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Fees from House Magazine for speeches to their "Westminster Explained" seminars. (Up to £5,000)

6. Overseas visits
3-7 January 2005, to Jordan, to meet the King, Government ministers and Members of Parliament to discuss Middle East peace process. Flight and accommodation paid for by the Jordanian Government. (Registered 8 January 2005)

24-29 November 2005, to UAE, paid for by the Government of UAE.

BURROWES, David (Enfield, Southgate)

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Consultant to Shepherd Harris and Co, Enfield, as a solicitor-advocate.

4.Sponsorship or financial or material support
Donation to my constituency party received from Tory Golfing Society. (Registered 5 September 2005)

CAMPBELL, Alan (Tynemouth)

6. Overseas visits
18-26 November 2004, to the Falkland Islands. Travel and accommodation paid for by the Government of the Falkland Islands. (Registered 22 March 2005)

CHAPMAN, Ben (Wirral South)

6. Overseas visits
16-19 November 2004, to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Air fares and a substantial part of the internal costs were met by the Government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. (Registered 22 November 2004)

1-4 June 2005, to China, to participate in British Airways' inaugural flight to Shanghai on 1 June. Flights and two nights' accommodation provided by British Airways. (Registered 9 June 2005)

HOWARTH, George (Knowsley North and Sefton East)

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Parliamentary adviser to the William Hill Organisation. (£25,001-£30,000)

HOWARTH, Gerald (Aldershot)

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Parliamentary adviser to the Consumer Credit Association of the United Kingdom, which is the trade association representing the majority of businesses in the home credit industry. (£5,001-£10,000)

Consultant to Aircraft Zone Limited; executive jet charter brokers.

4.Sponsorship or financial or material support
Contribution towards the provision of research facilities for the Conservative frontbench defence team from Sir John Beckwith CBE. (Registered 9 November 2004)

Donation to my constituency party from Mr Malcolm Young of the Wilke Group, property developers. (Registered 11 October 2005)

5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK)
28 June 2005, my wife and I were invited on board a tall ship to celebrate the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar and attend the fleet review by HM The Queen, by Mr Timothy Beardson. (Registered 11 October 2005)

6. Overseas visits
18 January 2005, to Toulouse to attend the launch of the Airbus A380. Flights and transport provided by Airbus UK. (Registered 28 January 2005)

JONES, Kevan (Durham North)

6. Overseas visits
24-28 July 2005, to Washington DC, to meet congressional and business interests and British diplomats, to discuss UK/US defence trade, especially current technology transfer issues and UK/US defence policy. My flights and accommodation were paid for by the UK Defence Forum. (Registered 19 August 2005)

22-24 August 2005, to Norway, on defence issues. Flights to Norway and accommodation paid for by Scandef. UK flights paid for by Northern Defence Industries. (Registered 6 October 2005)

8-11 September 2005, to Gibraltar for National Day. Flights and accommodation paid for by the Government of Gibraltar. (Registered 6 October 2005)

24-29 November 2005, to UAE, paid for by the Government of UAE.

KEY, Robert (Salisbury)

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Consultant to Certis Europe. (£5,001-£10,000).

6. Overseas visits
13-15 February 2005, to Finland, to visit Olkiluoto power station and the Parliament in Helsinki, sponsored by the Nuclear Industry Association. (Registered 17 February 2005)

McCARTHY-FRY, Sarah (Portsmouth North)

4. Sponsorship or financial or material support
Provision of website maintenance and update services by Southern Co-operatives Limited, Fareham.

6. Overseas visits
8-9 October 2005, to Frascati, Italy, to attend launch event for Cryosat, UK science led climate change satellite. Accommodation paid for by European Space Agency; travel paid for by EADS Astrium Ltd. (Registered 26 October 2005)

MOORE, Michael (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk)

4. Sponsorship or financial or material support
Donation to my constituency party from Trustees of the Jedforest Liberal Club (exempt Trust created 1985 by Tom Burnham).

RUSSELL, Bob (Colchester)

9. Registrable shareholdings
(a) Magdalen Hall Company Limited; company formed to facilitate the purchase of the former St. Mary Magdalen Church Hall, Colchester, by Colchester Liberal Democrats

SHERIDAN, Jim (Paisley and Renfrewshire North)

6. Overseas visits
17-22 February 2005, to Saudi Arabia for cultural exchange, paid for by Government of Saudi Arabia. (Registered 20 May 2005)

3-10 August 2005, to Nigeria to examine poverty and the impact of the oil companies on the local environment. The costs of the trip, including flights and accommodation, were met by Shell International Limited. (Registered 23 August 2005)

TOUHIG, Don (Islwyn)

Nil.