Business Appointment Rules

Report published on 25 July 2012. Inquiry concluded. Government Response due.

The Business Appointment Rules govern the take-up of private or third-sector employment by former ministers and Crown servants (civil servants, diplomats, members of the Armed Forces and members of the security services).  ACoBA is an independent committee which advises the Prime Minister and government departments on the application of the Business Appointment Rules. 

The Committee has considered the following issues:

  • the effectiveness of the Business Appointment Rules, as revised in 2011, in ensuring propriety in the future employment of former minsters and Crown servants;
  • the membership and powers of ACoBA; and
  • the potential of the Big Society agenda and current civil service reforms to increase traffic through the ‘revolving door’ between business and the voluntary sector and the Civil Service.



  • Close


    • Reports and associated evidence – Reports of Committee inquires. This category may also include Special Reports where they are used by a Committee to bring matters relating to conduct of its business to the notice of the House.
    • Responses to Reports - Responses may be published as a Special Report, or as a Command Paper. They may also be appended to a Report should the Committee have substantial comments on the Response, in which case they can be found listed under Reports. 
    • Other oral and written evidence - Evidence taken by the Committee that has yet to or did not result in the publication of a Report. This includes transcripts of recent meetings.
    • Estimate Memoranda - An Estimate memorandum is an explanatory note that accompanies a government department’s estimate (a means by which a department seeks authority from Parliament for its spending plans).
    • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.