§ Mr. Lewis
asked the Prime Minister to what extent the ruling on Ministers holding directorships and private employment outside of their Ministerial appointment also applies to the holding of stocks and shares; and whether he will introduce the necessary legislation to ensure that when a Member of Parliament is appointed to a Ministerial appointment he shall make a public declaration giving details of the financial interests he has held and relinquished on appointment to Ministerial rank.
§ The Prime Minister
The holding of shares by Ministers is covered by the statement of general principles to which I referred the hon. Gentleman on 17th May. The answer to the second part of the Question is: No.