HC Deb 24 November 1994 vol 250 cc359-60W
Mr. Rooker

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what specialist advice on international finance, export credits and business development is available to his Department's Defence Export Services Organisation.

Mr. Freeman

The Defence Export Services Organisation receives advice on international finance and export credits from its international finance adviser, who

Mr. Soames

This information is not held centrally arid could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Fatchett

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the guidelines issued by his Department to regulate relationships with lobbying companies.

Mr. Soames

My Department is well aware of the need to take into account the full range of appropriate considerations, including regularity and propriety, when taking decisions and when dealing with external contractors or lobbyists.

Conditions of service for the staff of my Department incorporate the general principles of conduct that require civil servants not to misuse information which they acquire in the course of their duties, not to make use of their official position to further their private interests or those of others and not to receive gifts, hospitality or benefits of any kind from a third party, which might be seen to compromise their personal judgment or integrity.

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