The UK health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has apologised after it was discovered he made errors over the purchase of luxury flats on England’s south coast.
Hunt said his failure to declare a business interest with both Companies House and the parliamentary register of MPs’ interests was down to “honest administrative mistakes” and that he did not gain financially as a result.
Hunt failed to notify Companies House of his 50% interest in Mare Pond Properties Limited, named after his home in Markwick Lane, Hascombe – something that took him six months to rectify.
He also did not inform the parliamentary register of members’ interests of his share in the business within the 28-day time limit, according to the publication.
It is claimed Hunt set up the company with his wife, Lucia Guo, to buy seven properties in the Ocean Village development in Southampton on 7 February.
A spokeswoman for Hunt said: “These were honest administrative mistakes which have already been rectified. Jeremy’s accountant made an error in the Companies House filing which was a genuine oversight. With respect to ministerial and parliamentary declarations, the Cabinet Office is clear that there has been no breach of the ministerial code.
“Jeremy declared the interest to them after the company was set up. They advised that as it was a shell company with no assets or value, it should only be registered