§ Mr. Prescott
asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether the payment of £800,000 by British Petroleum to Italian political parties is recorded in the British Petroleum accounts lodged under the Companies Acts, together with details of the parties to which they were paid or purpose or manner in which they were paid.
§ Mr. Clinton Davis
No. In submitting accounts under the Companies Acts companies are not required to give details of any payments made to political parties overseas.