HC Deb 20 May 2002 vol 386 cc10-1W
Mr. Paul Marsden

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what rules apply to the disclosure of interests on the part of those serving on public bodies which are responsible to his Department. [56450]

Dr. Moonie

All advisory and executive non-departmental public bodies are required to adopt a board members' code based on guidance produced by the Cabinet Office, and they should have registers of interests. The definition of interests is ultimately for individual Departments since they are best placed to decide what might be thought to influence members of their bodies.

The following table lists the non-departmental public bodies sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and indicates whether they have a current Code of Practice.

Code of Practice
Executive NDPBs
Fleet Air Arm Museum Yes
National Army Museum Under review
Oil and Pipelines Agency Yes
RAF Museum Yes
Royal Marines Museum Yes
Royal Navy Museum Yes
RN Submarine Museum Yes
Advisory NDPBs
Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objectors Yes
Armed Forces Pay Review Body Yes
Advisory Group on Medical Countermeasures Under development
Animal Welfare Advisory Committee Under development
Central Advisory Committee on War Pension
Dartmoor Steering Group Yea
Defence Nuclear Safety Committee Under development
Defence Scientific Advisory Council Yes
Independent Board of Visitors to the Military Corrective Training Centre Under development
National Employers Liaison Committee Yes
Nuclear Research Advisory Council Under development
Review Board for Government Contracts Yes
Royal Military College of Science Advisory Council Under development
War Pensions Committees (13 bodies) Yes

I will arrange for copies of all current Codes of Practice for NDPBs sponsored by the MOD to be placed in the Library of the House.

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