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Departmental Commercial Director

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the move of the Department’s commercial director to a private sector appointment is subject to any (a) Civil Service rules and (b) contractual obligations aimed at preventing (i) conflicts of interest and (ii) unfair advantage. (108711)

All civil servants must obtain Government approval before taking any form of full, part-time or fee-paid employment in the United Kingdom, or overseas in a public or private company or in the service of a foreign government or its agencies. This rule also applies to former civil servants within two years of leaving Crown employment.

Under the rules on the acceptance of outside appointments by Crown servants, Ken Anderson applied for permission to accept the private sector appointment. The Prime Minister, on the advice of the advisory committee on business appointments, approved the application subject to the conditions that, for 12 months from his last day of service, he should stand aside from any discussion, if any, of the business of UBS or its clients relating to Government or national health service contracts in the United Kingdom health sector and should not become personally involved in lobbying the Department or the NHS on behalf of UBS or its clients.