§ Mr. Richard Shepherd
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those companies which have expressed interest at any stage during the proposed sale of married quarters estate for whom an hon. Member acts as an advisor, consultant or director. 
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
For reasons of commercial confidentiality, I am unable to disclose the identity of companies or other parties who have expressed an interest in the sale of the married quarters estate. However, the successful bidder will of course be announced when the sale is complete, and we shall at that point disclose as fully as possible the details of the transaction. Meanwhile, a copy of the preliminary information memorandum, which sets out the main features of the sale of the married quarters estate, is in the Library of the House. Further detailed information on the sale is contained in the84W Defence Committee's sixth report of Session 1995–96, published on 16 July (HC 424). The registered interests of hon. Members is a matter of public record.