During Tuesday's council meeting, there was an intriguing question about whether Whitby should have declared an interest in the Iraq debate - his company, Skeldings, manufactures assorted items of specialist metal products for military contracts, including springs for the Challenger II main battle tank. There's actually no legal reason why he should and I think you would be hard pushed to find someone who thought that this would influence Whitless' decisions.
However, he did choose to show his depth of military knowledge, though, by claiming that there are no Challenger IIs deployed to Iraq.
A minor point, Councillor, but the Ministry of Defence begs to differ. Currently forming part of the force reserve in-country is Egypt Squadron of the 2 Royal Tank Regiment, equipped with Challenger II MBTs (although they also perform patrol duties without their tanks as well). To my knowledge, Challenger IIs have been deployed from day one to Iraq.