Like their Westminster counterparts, MEPs are obliged to submit an annual declaration of
financial interests. Yet MEPs have to give their permission for their declarations of financial interest to be published on the web. At the beginning of September, The European Voice reported that a total of 47 MEPs out of 732 had failed to give permission for their declarations of financial interest to be published on the web.
Godfrey Bloom, Roger Knapman and John Whittaker all from UKIP all failed to give their
permission. Robert Kilroy-Silk also failed to give his permission, not surprising since nobody knew where he was, as did James Nicholson (Ulster Unionist Party)
The European Voice reported that Nicholson, who is a member of the Tory EPP group, had
said that his failure to put his details online was an "oversight" and that "I have no problem with it and will consider doing so".
Source: European Voice, September 1st 2005