By Jamila Najmuddin
Sri Lanka had funded at least five visits by British MP Liam Fox to the country, the Weston Mercury quoted a BBC investigation as saying. According to the BBC, Dr Fox visited Sri Lanka in November 2007 and four times between 2008-2009 and all were funded by Sri Lanka.
When contacted a Foreign Ministry official confirmed that the Sri Lankan government had funded a few visits of Dr. Fox to Sri Lanka and that funding visits to Sri Lanka by Foreign officials was nothing new.
A BBC investigation looked into which members had registered trips and declared those paid for by foreign governments.
Under Parliamentary rules, MPs must register such visits within four weeks and must declare a financial interest when tabling questions, motions or bills and when speaking out in the commons.