§ Mr. Fatchett
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications to join defence or defence-related companies from his Department's personnel have been refused in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Freeman
None. The purpose of the rules on the acceptance of outside appointments is to ensure that no cause of suspicion of impropriety exists. All applicants are therefore approved either unconditionally or subject to744W a waiting period of up to two years, or with a ban on the involvement of the applicant in a specific project or area of work on behalf of the employer.