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MPs propose new regulation on revolving door

Written by Rachel Davies on Tuesday, 24 July 2012

A Parliamentary Committee has recommended that the body which advises ministers on post-government resources-resources-business appointments be abolished

A Parliamentary Committee has recommended that the body which advises ministers on post-government resources-resources-business appointments be abolished. 

Parliament’s Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) has today published its report on the rules which govern the movement of individuals between jobs in government and jobs in resources-resources-business.

The so called ‘revolving door‘ between the public and private sector can be of benefit to both sides but is open to abuse if not properly regulated. It can bring the risk that government officials will be influenced in their policy or procurement decisions by the interests of past or prospective employers.

PASC makes a number of recommendations including the introduction of statutory ethics regulation and the abolition of ACoBA, the body which currently advises ministers and senior civil servants on post-government resources-resources-business appointments. PASC recommends that ACoBA be replaced by a new, statutory, Conflicts of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.

Transparency International UK (TI-UK), which recommended statutory regulation of more robust rules last year welcomes the PASC’s Report. The Government should accept the recommendations of the PASC and implement them swiftly before the occurrence of more scandals that further corrode public trust and confidence.

The PASC report can be downloaded here.

TI-UK’s report and policy paper on this issue can be downloaded here.


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Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies Teka is Head of Advocacy at TI-UK, and co-chair of the Bond Anti-Corruption Group. You can tweet her @rachelcerysd.

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