Standards of Reporting of Lords Interests

Keith Mallen (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to House of Lords

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Keith Mallen (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am aware that members of 'The House' are periodically required to report their external interests.

As a recent example

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa...

"HOUSE OF LORDS SESSION 2007-08
REGISTER OF
LORDS‘ INTERESTS
AS AMENDED
TO SHOW POSITION ON
21 JULY 2009"

"LAMONT OF LERWICK, Lord
*12(d) Non-parliamentary consultant Consultant to Consensus Business Group (formerly Rotch Property) Member of the Advisory Board, Merchant Bridge & Co Member of the Advisory Board, Hermitage Global Fund Adviser to Eternitas Investment Fund LP *12(e) Remunerated directorships Chairman, Small Companies Dividend Trust Chairman, Jupiter Adria Plc Director, Balli Group plc (steel and commodity trading house) Director, Compagnie Internationale de Participations Bancaires et Financieres (Investment Company) Director, Jupiter Second Split Director, RAB Capital plc Director, Jupiter Offshore Portfolio Fund Limited Director, Union Resources (quoted on the Sydney Stock Exchange) Director of Phorm Inc, Director, Stanhope Gate Developments"

Lord Lamont claims to be a Director of Phorm Inc.

Referring to Phorms website.

http://www.phorm.com/about/board_lamont....

Lord Lamont is listed as a 'Non-Executive Director' which seems at odds with your listing, presumably as submitted by himself, of being a 'Director' of the company.

Furthermore if I refer back to previous changes in, Phorm, the companies history then I find that they have modified their 'charter of incorporation'

http://www.phorm.com/reports/Certificate...

becomes

http://www.phorm.com/reports/Amended_and...

In both cases mention is made of 'Authorized Directors'. In the second case there is a removal of rights for shareholders in favour of such directors.

Firstly Lord Lamont claims to be a Director of this Company whereas he is listed as a Non-Executive Director. Therefore I consider that to be a false claim.

Furthermore his listing as a Non-Executive Director given the companies 'Restated Certificate of Incorporation' may reduce his apparent effectiveness as a Non-Executive Director should he not be considered 'Authorized'.

I will state that the appointment of Lord Lamont has, in the past, undoubtedly had an affect on the trading price of shares in Phorm.

FOI request

In the light of the above information.

Please explain the checks and measures you have in place to ensure that Lords correctly and fully explain their associations with companies and the influence they may have on said companies?

How will you be changing such checks and measures to ensure such reporting will not be open to abuse?

Yours faithfully,

Keith Mallen

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FOI LORDS, House of Lords

Dear Mr Mallen

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information.

You should expect a response from us no later than 07 September.

Yours sincerely

Alex Daybank
Information Compliance Manager
House of Lords

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FOI LORDS, House of Lords

Dear Mr.Mallen,

Thank you for your request for information.

All the information which we hold in relation to the requirements on
Members registering their interests is already published on our website.
Relevant provisions are contained in the House of Lords Code of Conduct,
in the form used by Members to register their interests, and in the
Guidance Notes concerning complaints. All these are available from this
web page http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa....

Yours sincerely,

Frances Grey
Freedom of Information Officer
House of Lords

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Keith Mallen (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear FOI LORDS,

Thank you for your reply and reference to the information on your web site.

Yours sincerely,

Keith Mallen

Keith Mallen (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Frances Grey

After due lack of care and consideration I do not consider your response to be acceptable.

"Please explain the checks and measures you have in place to ensure that Lords correctly and fully explain their associations with companies and the influence they may have on said companies?

How will you be changing such checks and measures to ensure such reporting will not be open to abuse?"

You may refer to my original message for an example.

Yours sincerely,

Keith Mallen

FOI LORDS, House of Lords

Dear Mr Mallen

I am sorry that you did not consider the response to your recent request
acceptable.

Your inquiry was submitted as a Freedom of Information request. The FoI
Act provides a right of access to recorded information held by a public
authority. The House of Lords administration has identified all the
recorded information we hold in relation to your inquiry; as set out in
our original reply. No further recorded information accessible under
the FoI Act is held.

Yours sincerely

Alex Daybank
Information Compliance Manager
House of Lords

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Keith Mallen (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear FOI LORDS,

Oh.... Alright then.

I reserve the right to remain grumpy. Thanks again

Yours sincerely,

Keith Mallen