Former Prime Ministers: Business Interests

Prime Minister written question – answered on 16th March 2015.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy that former Prime Ministers be prohibited for life from working for an overseas government and that their activities be subject to indefinite scrutiny by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

To ask the Prime Minister, what proposals he has received to secure greater public accountability for the earnings of former Prime Ministers; and what replies he has sent to those proposals.

Photo of David Cameron David Cameron The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

The Ministerial Code requires former Ministers to seek advice from the independent Advisory Committee on Business Appointments about all appointments and employment they intend to take up in the two years after leaving ministerial office. These rules have applied under successive Governments, and there are no plans to revise them.

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