HC Deb 01 April 2004 vol 419 c1598W
Bob Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the requirements are on officials in her Department to declare current interests; and what register of interests is kept for her departmental officials. [164699]

Ms Hewitt

All members of staff within the Department are required to inform their senior line managers if they have any private business interests which could possibly conflict with their position in the Department or one of its Agencies. Staff are required to carry out any instructions which the Department or Agency gives about the retention or disposal of those business interests.

Detailed general principles that must be observed in respect of business interests and outside occupations are set out in "The Guide" available to all staff.

There is no central register maintained of the interests of individual departmental officials.