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Is there a 'Revolving Door' between business and Whitehall?

06 March 2012

This will be the Committee's first evidence session of its inquiry into the Business Appointment Rules: the rules that govern the take-up of jobs by former ministers and crown servants. This session takes place on Tuesday 6 March 2012 in Committee Room 8

The Committee will first take evidence from the Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Sir Christopher Kelly, about the perception of a 'revolving door' between Government and private companies. The Committee will also hear from two campaigners for change to the Business Appointment Rules system: David Miller, founder member of Spinwatch and Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath and Chandrashekhar Krishnan, Executive Director of Transparency International UK.

Particular issues to be explored:

  • Whether the current Business Appointment Rules system is working effectively
  • the level of concern around the 'revolving door; and the impact of these concerns on public trust in the political system
  • how government can bring external expertise into the Civil Service without giving rise to concern over propriety and undue influence.

Witnesses

At 10:30am

  • Sir Christopher Kelly, Chair, Committee on Standards in Public Life

At 11:30am

  • Chandrashekhar Krishnan, Executive Director, Transparency International UK
  • Professor David Miller, Spinwatch

Further information

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