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CONDUCT OF LORD SIMON AND SALE OF BP SHARES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 210: tabled on 07 July 1997

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 53 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

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Motion text

That this House regrets that Lord Simon, the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness in Europe has failed to sell his ú2 million shareholding in BP and has failed to register this interest in the Lords Register; expresses grave concern that as recently as 3rd July the President of the Board of Trade told the House she did not know of the Minister's financial interests; finds unconvincing the Government's assurance that Lord Simon is not involved in any Treasury or DTI business which poses an actual or apparent conflict of interest with his shareholding; is worried how strictly the rules were enforced when the President of the Board of Trade was unaware of the need to enforce them; and calls for the resignation of the Minister in order to avoid any future problems in registering interests and to avoid any conflicts between them.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Canterbury
Bruce, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signed on 8 July 1997
South Dorset
Chapman, Sir Sydney
Conservative
Signed on 28 July 1997
Chipping Barnet
Collins, Mr Tim
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Colvin, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 9 July 1997
Romsey
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 29 July 1997
Lichfield
Fallon, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 11 July 1997
Sevenoaks
Flight, Mr Howard
Conservative
Signed on 8 July 1997
Arundel and South Downs
Fraser, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Gibb, Mr Nick
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Bognor Regis and Littlehampton
Gill, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 31 July 1997
Ludlow
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Conservative
Signed on 9 July 1997
Chesham and Amersham
Gorman, Mrs Teresa
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Billericay
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
North Wiltshire
Grieve, Mr Dominic
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Beaconsfield
Hammond, Mr Philip
Conservative
Signed on 24 July 1997
Runnymede and Weybridge
Hawkins, Mr Nick
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Surrey Heath
Hayes, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
South Holland and The Deepings
Howarth, Mr Gerald
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Aldershot
Kirkbride, Julie
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Bromsgrove
Lansley, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
South Cambridgeshire
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Gainsborough
Letwin, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
West Dorset
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
New Forest East
Loughton, Tim
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
East Worthing and Shoreham
Mackay, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 29 July 1997
Bracknell
Malins, Mr Humfrey
Conservative
Signed on 29 July 1997
Woking
Mates, Lt Col Michael
Conservative
Signed on 30 July 1997
East Hampshire
May, Mrs Theresa
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Maidenhead
Paterson, Mr Owen
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
North Shropshire
Prior, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
North Norfolk
Redwood, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 8 July 1997
Wokingham
Robathan, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Blaby
Robertson, Mr Laurence
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Tewkesbury
Ruffley, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Bury St Edmunds
Spicer, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 29 July 1997
West Worcestershire
St Aubyn, Mr Nick
Conservative
Signed on 28 July 1997
Guildford
Swayne, Mr Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
New Forest West
Syms, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Poole
Taylor, Mr John D.
Conservative
Signed on 9 July 1997
Solihull
Townend, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 24 July 1997
East Yorkshire
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
North Dorset
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 30 July 1997
Maidstone and The Weald
Wilkinson, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 8 July 1997
Ruislip - Northwood
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 7 July 1997
Spelthorne
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 8 July 1997
Congleton
Woodward, Mr Shaun
Conservative
Signed on 8 July 1997
Witney

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

CONDUCT OF LORD SIMON AND SALE OF BP SHARES (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'House' to end and add 'notes its great pleasure that Lord Simon, businessman of the year in 1996, joined the new Government after many successful years with one of Britain's major companies, BP, that he has taken all the relevant steps to ensure that no conflict of interest arises in his ministerial role, including resigning as Chairman and a Director of BP, that he is not involved in any government business which covers BP activity, nor does he receive any papers that have a bearing on BP, that he has complied fully with the requirements of the Questions of Procedure for Ministers and the Register of Lords' Interests, the guidance for which does not require listing all shareholdings, that the point of the Register is to ensure that any potential interest is in the public domain, that his shareholding in BP is a matter of public records, and that the action of the Opposition suggests that what they really object to is that a senior, successful and respected businessman has become a Labour Minister.'.
Labour, Hove
132
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EDM 210A1: tabled on 8 July 1997