Mike Penning is MP for Hemel Hempstead
A BBC investigation has revealed that more than 20 MPs have breached rules in relation to registering and declaring overseas trips paid for by foreign governments.
The trips taken by Mike Penning, his relevant parliamentary activity and reply to the BBC are listed below.
Conservative MP for Hemel Hempstead Mike Penning visited Gibraltar in
and these trips were paid for by the government of Gibraltar.
DECLARING FOREIGN TRIPS
Any MP who has an overseas trip paid for by a foreign government must register it within four weeks
They must declare a financial interest if it "might reasonably be thought by others to influence the speech, representation or communication in question"
This includes when tabling questions, motions, bills or amendments, and when speaking out during Commons proceedings
Members may not, for example, call for increased UK financial assistance to the government which provided the hospitality
In October 2005 Mr Penning tabled a
asking the foreign secretary to make a statement relating to Gibraltar. According to the Hansard record, he did not declare an interest.
Early day motions
Mr Penning signed the following early day motions that relate to Gibraltar, where there is no record of a declared interest:
MAJOR COLIN RISSO AND MAJOR JOHN PEREZ / 18.10.2005 / EDM 789
GIBRALTAR DAY TRAFALGAR CELEBRATION / 25.10.2005 / EDM 855
ALBERT POGGIO, OBE / 19.01.2006 / EDM 1433
TROOPING THE COLOUR / 12.06.2006 / EDM 2347
GIBRALTAR NATIONAL DAY / 24.07.2006 / EDM 2640
GIBRALTAR DAY CELEBRATION / 25.10.2006 / EDM 2861
TROOPING THE COLOUR / 07.06.2007 / EDM 1653
TENTH ANNUAL GIBRALTAR DAY IN THE CITY OF LONDON / 20.10.2009 / EDM 2119
In response, Mr Penning told the BBC: "If I have inadvertently breached the rules then I have to accept that and make sure it doesn't happen again.
"However the visit(s) have been fully declared on the House of Commons Register of Members' Interests and are therefore public knowledge.
"I have written to the Registrar asking for my position to be assessed, I have never tried to hide anything and in good faith thought I had adhered to the rules. If you look at the EDM's and the PQ all I was doing was to support individuals and the people of Gibraltar."
Other MPs who have breached the rules: