PASC to examine Business Appointment rules and Advisory Committee

13 January 2012

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) will inquire into the role of the operation of the Business Appointment Rules and the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACoBA)

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 will consider the following issues:

  • the effectiveness of the Business Appointment Rules, as revised in 2011, in ensuring propriety in the future employment of former ministers 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.

PASC is inviting written evidence on issues relating to this inquiry. Full details are set out in the accompanying issues and questions paper. Submissions to the inquiry are invited as soon as possible, and no later than midday on Friday 3 February 2012 by email to Further details on how to make a submission are set out in the attached issues and questions paper.

Details of oral evidence sessions will be announced on the Committee’s website in due course.

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