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South West Industrial Development Board

Volume 281: debated on Tuesday 16 July 1996

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer of 18 June, Official Report, column 464, if he will state (a) the name of the relevant company, (b) the reason it was deemed sufficient for Mr. X to remain in the meeting, (c) the amount of financial assistance applied for, (d) the amount finally offered and (e) the amount granted. [35263]

[holding answer 1 July 1996]: The applicant concerned was Pall Europe Ltd. Mr. Roger Harris declared that his firm was the worldwide auditor for Pall Corporation, but that he had no personal involvement in the work. It was deemed sufficient for him to remain in the meeting on condition that he abstained from any vote on the application. The offer was for the amount applied for—£950,000. No payments have yet been made.

To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to his answer of 18 June, Official Report, columns 461–64, if he will list the relevant conflict of interests by (a) member of the South West industrial development board and (b) the relevant company. [35267]

[holding answer 1 July 1996]: The board members declared their personal interests to the Department and acted correctly in not involving themselves in discussions of cases where a conflict with those interests arose.It is a matter of public record that Mr. Roger Harris's abstentions stemmed from the fact that KPMG, of which he is a senior partner, acted for the applicants as grant advisers or in other capacities.