HC Deb 21 July 1964 vol 699 cc265-6
Q1. Mr. F. Noel-Baker

asked the Prime Minister if he will introduce legislation to set up a register of the outside financial and business interests of all hon. Members of Parliament to be open to public inspection.

The Prime Minister (Sir Alec Douglas-Home)

No, Sir.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Is not the Prime Minister aware that the present arrangements are not entirely satisfactory, particularly in the spheres of advertising and public relations? Would it not be for the convenience of the public, as well as of Members of the House, that this information should be readily available as a matter of routine?

The Prime Minister

I do not think that that would be the general feeling of the House. If the hon. Gentleman has any particular representations to make to me, of course I will consider them.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

If the Prime Minister will not consider a register, will he consider issuing a map, especially a large map of Scotland, showing how much land is owned by hon. Members opposite?