The convention in the House of Commons that a member, before participating in debate, should inform the House of any pecuniary interest relevant to his intervention is a very old one1. In 1974, the unwritten convention was replaced by a resolution that in debates or proceedings in the House or committees, and in communications with other members, or with ministers or officials, a member was in terms obliged to disclose any relevant pecuniary interest or benefit, of whatever nature, direct or indirect, that he may have, may have had or may expect to have. Moreover, members were to furnish
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