Friday, 22 February 2008

Come away wee Geordie!

House of Lords Register of Interests
*12(a) Parliamentary consultancy agreements
A political and parliamentary consultancy with Eversheds LLP. Payment of £3000 per calendar month (excluding VAT if applicable) for consultancy services for 36 days per annum (all fees are paid to Carrick Court Associates Ltd - see 12(g)Chairman of Editorial Board of Govnet (a client of my company Carrick Court Associates), £10,000 per annum
*12(f) Regular remunerated employment
Member of the Scottish ParliamentRegular Weekly Column in Edinburgh Evening News on Football, all proceeds of which are to be distributed to support youth and community sport in the Lothians (5 February 2008)
*12(g) Controlling shareholdings
Owner of 100% shares of Carrick Court Associates Ltd. Private Limited Company as consultancy
*12(i) Visits
Visit to Dominican Republic (1-7 September 2006) as a guest of the Government of the Dominican Republic and partly financed by the Caribbean Britain Business Council (CBBC) of which I am PresidentAttended a Conference on the "International Promotion of Democracy" at Wye Plantation, Maryland USA (15-17 November 2006) - organised by the Ditchley Foundation who paid for travel and accommodation

Feorge Foulkes’ Scottish Parliament register of Interests
I am a director, as is my wife, of Carrick Court Associates Ltd, a consultancy business. Carrick Court Associates receives remuneration of between £45,001 - £50,000 per annum for my work from Eversheds LLP and GovNet Communications (as Chairman of the Editorial Board). I work approx 3 days per month in relation to the consultancy. As a Director of Carrick Court Associates I estimate that I will receive between £15,001 and £20,000 per annum in expenses and dividend. [Registered 24 May 2007, Amended interest 4 July 2007, Amended interest 13 July 2007].
On 3 May 2007 I ceased to be a consultant representing the interests of coal producers for the Confederation of Coal Producers (COALPRO) of Confederation House, Thornes Office Park, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield WF2 7AN, West Yorkshire. I previously received remuneration of between £5,000 - £10,000.
I am a Member of the House of Lords for which I receive no salary but estimate that I will receive allowances and expenses of between £35,001 and £40,000 per annum. I undertake this work whenever my Scottish Parliament and constituency duties allow. [Registered 6 July 2007, Amended interest 23 July 2007]
I write a weekly column on football for the Edinburgh Evening News, a newspaper company, of 108 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AS. I began this work in mid January 2008. I do not retain any of the remuneration of between £5,001 and £10,000 per annum as this is distributed to support youth and community sport in the Lothians. [Registered 31 January 2008]
Interest In Shares:
I hold 100% of the issued share capital of Carrick Court Associates Ltd a consultancy business, these are ordinary shares.

From the Code of Conduct for MSPs:
5.1.6 The section of the Code on General Conduct (Section 7) sets out the standards expected in relation to acceptance of hospitality, gifts and benefits. In addition to this and the statutory provisions in the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006, Members:
• should not accept any paid work to provide services as a Parliamentary strategist, adviser or consultant, for example, advising on Parliamentary affairs or on how to influence the Parliament and its Members. (This does not prohibit a Member from being remunerated for activity, which may arise because of, or relate to, membership of the Parliament, such as journalism or broadcasting, involving political comment or involvement in representative or presentational work, such as participation in delegations, conferences or other events.)

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