PASC: ‘Ministers’ adviser lacks teeth’

A Public Administration Select Committee report into the role of the independent adviser on ministers’ interests has concluded that the role is not “independent in any meaningful sense”. 

By Civil Service World

28 Mar 2012

The adviser works to ensure compliance with the Ministerial Code. The role is held by Sir Alex Allan, who was appointed following the retirement of Sir Phillip Mawer in October 2011.

PASC said the closed recruitment process, plus the fact that Sir Alex can’t instigate his own investigations, means he “lacks independence.” It has recommended the adviser’s powers be strengthened to protect public confidence in the code.

The Cabinet Office said the PM has every confidence in Sir Alex.


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