Civil Servants: Conflict of Interests

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 30th September 2019.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what advice is provided to senior civil servants on the proper disciplinary approach to take towards civil servants who have been found not to have declared personal interests with an applicant for discretionary public funds where they are involved in the decision-making process.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Civil Service Management Code sets out regulations and instructions related to civil servants’ terms and conditions of service, including the declaration of private interests. All civil servants must comply with instructions from their department or agency regarding the retention, disposal or management of such interests. If required, disciplinary proceedings are a matter for the department or agency concerned in the light of the circumstances of each case. HR in each Department will provide advice about the appropriate procedures to follow.

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