Public Administration Select Committee: Press Notice

Tuesday 6 May 2008

PASC TO TALK TO FORMER MINISTERS AND CIVIL SERVANTS ON “REVOLVING DOOR” BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) will this week continue its inquiry into lobbying when it takes evidence from former ministers Richard Caborn MP and Lord Warner, and the former senior civil servant Stephen Haddrill, on life after government.

Former Minister for Sport Richard Caborn is now employed as a consultant by the energy company Amec Plc and by the Fitness Industry Association. Stephen Haddrill moved from the former Department for Trade and Industry to be the director-general of the Association of British Insurers. Former NHS Minister Lord Warner has taken on a range of advisory roles including for Xansa PLC (who provide shared services under contract to the NHS),  pharmaceutical company Byotrol plc, and law firm DLA Piper UK. He is also the Chairman of UK HealthGateway Ltd.

In this session, PASC will explore why private sector companies might want to employ former ministers and civil servants, and whether there is any substance to suggestions that companies can buy access and influence. The Committee is also expected to ask whether the current rules on lobbying by former ministers and civil servants are appropriate, and whether they are adequately enforced.

The evidence session will take place on Thursday 8 May at 10.00 am in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

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FURTHER INFORMATION:

Committee Membership: Tony Wright (Chairman) (Lab) (Cannock Chase), Mr David Burrowes (Con) (Enfield, Southgate), Paul Flynn (Lab) (Newport West), David Heyes (Lab) (Ashton under Lyne), Kelvin Hopkins (Lab) (Luton North), Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Con) (Bridgewater), Julie Morgan (Lab) (Cardiff North), Mr Gordon Prentice (Lab) (Pendle), Paul Rowen (Lib Dem) (Rochdale), Charles Walker (Con) (Broxbourne), Jenny Willott (Lib Dem) (Cardiff Central)

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