I have long experience of public office in Wales and I am aware of the need to declare interests
and have done so whenever necessary.
Five Conservative MPs, including Worcestershire MP Sir Micheal Spicer, will face no action for failing to declare interests
during Commons debates, after the House's anti-sleaze committee said they had committed only 'minor and inadvertent' infringements.
EAST Antrim MP Roy Beggs defended his failure to declare interests
to the House of Commons last night, saying the mistake was an "oversight".
There have been repeated allegations of conflict of interest, failure to declare interests
and questions about deals in his past life.
The commission found reason for concern in at least one Welsh council where members were failing to declare interests
in companies receiving grants.
He previously apologised to MPs for failing to declare interests
in firms Roll Centre Inc and RJ Engineering Ltd.
Social Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern told 550 delegates at the Annual Conference of the Local Authority Members Association in Kilkenny that all members must declare interests
that could impact on their roles and all donations over pounds 500 must be recorded.