HC Deb 04 March 1996 vol 273 c5W
Mr. Luff

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what changes he plans to make to the rules on business appointments of former civil servants.[19075]

Mr. Freeman

I have today placed in the Libraries of both Houses, for consultation, the proposed text of the revised rules for civil servants. The substantive changes give effect to the recommendations of the Nolan committee on standards in public life by bringing special advisers within the system and by allowing the Prime Minister's advisory committee on business appointments to publicly announce the reasons for its decisions and to advise a civil servant that the acceptance of a particular appointment is inappropriate. We intend that the revised rules will come into effect on 1 April 1996 and will finalise the necessary amendments to the civil service management code in consultation with the Council of Civil Service Unions.

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