HC Deb 26 July 1990 vol 177 c389W
Mr. Caborn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will place in the Library the guidelines given to chairmen and members of urban development corporations where a conflict of interests may arise.

Mr. Portillo

The guidelines are designed to ensure that the duties of urban development corporation chairmen and board members do not conflict with their private interests.

Chairmen are required to sign undertakings which reflect their particular circumstances. If they are involved with companies that might otherwise operate in the urban development area they will normally be required to confirm that the companies will not so operate during the term of their appointment.

Other board members must declare to the board their private interests which might give rise to a conflict. If a particular case gives rise to a possible conflict of interest, the member is required to write in advance to the chairman and it is for the other board members to decide what action to take. Unless the interest is trivial, the member would normally withdraw from the discussion and not vote on it.