Money down the drain? - Alison Seabeck declares an interest
The recent Westminster adjournment debate on Water and Sewerage Charges understandably attracted a lot of attention because of its subject matter.
It also saw the Labour MP for Plymouth Moor View, Alison Seabeck, declare an indirect interest. She pointed Hon. Members to a declaration in the Register of Members' Financial Interests by her "Right Honourable Friend the Member for Greenwich and Woolwich" - aka her partner, former Labour minister, Nick Raynsford.
On the face of it, barely a matter of even passing interest. But just a few days earlier, the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner had ordered her to apologise to the House for failing to disclose another of Mr Raynsford's interests.
This had arisen from a debate on fire prevention; the interest in question being Mr Raynsford's presence on the board of the Fire Protection Agency.
The precise nature of Mr Raynsford's interests in matters aquatic, however, remained undisclosed - notwithstanding some jocular probing from St Ives MP, Andrew George.
I direct hon. readers of this blog, or at least those still sufficiently curious, to the parliamentary Register of Members' Financial Interests.