Matt Hancock followed the rules of contracts between a family business and the NHS, a minister said.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said Matt Hancock followed the rules when it came to declaring an interest in a family business that has contracts with the NHS.
The Minister of Health stated on the MPs’ Interest Register in March this year that he owns more than 15% of the shares in Topwood Limited, a company that specializes in the secure storage, destruction and scanning of documents.
Speaking on Sky News’s Sophy Ridge program on Sunday, Mr Eustice said, “The reason we know about this is that Matt Hancock did what all ministers are doing on this case, which is to express this interest.
“And so he did the right thing, he explained – he had no role in this business, so there is nothing wrong with ministers having financial interests, provided they explain them appropriately.”
When asked if lobbying rules were “broken” if they allowed ministers to hold financial interests in companies that make money from their government department’s contracts, the cabinet minister replied, “I’m not sure I agree would.
“The ministers can move a lot – as you know, we don’t spend too long in a certain role.”