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London Thames Gateway Development Corporation: Business Interests

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 17 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1216W, on Thames Gateway Development Corporation Planning Committee: Business Interests, what reference was made to the Corporation's code of practice prior to the appointment of Mr. Alan Clark to the Planning Committee. (263871)

Potential applicants for the role of independent member of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) Planning Committee were sent an 'Information for Candidates' pack. This described the role of independent members of that committee, and the skills sought. In addition, the LTGDC planning code of practice was part of the information pack. That code includes a cross reference to the LTGDC code of practice for board members.

Candidates were informed in the information pack that any conflicts of interest would have to be declared in any application. The application form itself asked for potential conflicts of interest to be declared; a separate political activity questionnaire was also required to be completed.

An applicant, if short-listed, would be questioned at interview about any conflicts of interests. If appointed, a member of the committee is required to declare interests on a prescribed form.