Declarations of interests

Committee members declared the following interests prior to the election of a chairman on 19 July 2005:

Mr Bob Ainsworth: None.

Janet Anderson: None.

Derek Conway declared a five-day visit to Rabat undertaken in October 2004, accompanied by his wife, in his capacity as Chairman of the British-Moroccan All-Party Parliamentary Group, as guests of the Moroccan House of Representatives who paid the cost of their airline tickets and hotel accommodation.

Frank Dobson declared fees from GMTV, the Guardian, the Independent, the London Evening Standard, for a lecture for Leeds University Medical School at a conference on diabetes sponsored by Takeda UK Ltd, for appearances on LBC, for an article in the Mail on Sunday and for an article in the Daily Mirror (each up to £5,000), and a contribution by the GMB Union to his local party election campaign fund.

Mr Frank Doran declared that a researcher based in his office worked exclusively for the Trade Union Group of Labour MPs, a registrable donation to his constituency party from the GMB Union, a donation to his constituency party from the GMB trade union, and unremunerated positions held by him as secretary of the Trade Union Group of Labour MPs and the GMB group of Labour MPs.

Mr Eric Forth declared remunerated employment as a parliamentary adviser to Bromcom Computers PLC (£10,001-£15,000), a donation to his constituency association from the Chelwood Club (a fund-raising organisation supporting constituencies in the area), and accommodation and meals in the Maldives for himself and his wife on 20-21 October 2004 courtesy of the Government of the Maldives (provided as an extension of a CPA delegation visit).

Mr Neil Gerrard: None.

Mr Mark Harper: None.

Helen Jones: None.

Mr Kevan Jones declared a visit on 22-25 August 2004 to Sweden as a guest of SAAB and Bofors to discuss defence issues, the cost of flights and accommodation being met jointly by SAAB and Bofors.

David Lepper declared a visit on 8-11 October 2004 to the Republic of Cyprus to attend the Morphou Rally and associated meetings, with the return airfare from Heathrow to Larnaca and three nights' hotel accommodation in Nicosia being paid by the Municipality of Morphou.

Mr Patrick McLoughlin declared donations to his constituency party received from Mr Michael Pass (a personal donation from a constituent) and from Longcliffe Quarries.

John Thurso declared remunerated directorships as Chairman of International Wine and Spirit Competition Ltd (organisers of an annual wine and spirit competition), Chairman of Fitness Industry Association Limited (representing the fitness industry as a trade body), Chairman of Ulbster Holdings Ltd (managing family estates in Scotland), Chairman of Thurso Fisheries Ltd (managing family estates in Scotland), as Director of three wholly owned subsidiaries of Ulbster Holdings Ltd, Ulbster Estates (Sporting) Ltd, Lochdhu Hotels Ltd and Sinclair Family Trust Ltd, and as Director of Millennium and Copthorne Hotels PLC (an international hotel company); remunerated employment as a Lecturer at Cranfield University relating to his previous employment, a donation to his constituency party from Mr John Lewis, estate in Caithness, and registrable shareholdings with Walker Greenbank PLC (2 per cent of its share capital being owned by Ulbster Holdings Ltd which he owned 100 per cent), Ulbster Holdings Ltd and Thurso Fisheries Ltd.

Pete Wishart declared royalty payments from EMI/Chrysalis and Ridge Records for his recorded works with Runrig, with whom he served as an unremunerated director, payments for his published works from the Performing Right Society, and the provision of rehearsal space and the occasional loan of musical equipment by the British Phonographic Industry as sponsorship for the parliamentary rock group 'MP4' of which he was jointly a member with Kevin Brennan MP, Greg Knight MP and Ian Cawsey MP (until 31 December 2004).