Brian BrookePrincipal Policy Adviser, Room 3.4Civil Service Commissioners35 Great Smith StreetLondonSW1P 3BQ12/08/09Sent by email and postDear Mr Brooke,
Regarding Sir Kevin Tebbit and his employment since retirementin November 2005
We are writing regarding the recent allegations surrounding Sir Kevin Tebbit the formerpermanent secretary at the Ministry of Defence and the employment he has undertakensince leaving his post in November 2005.In March 2005 when Sir Kevin was the permanent secretary the Defence Secretary atthe time Geoff Hoon issued a statement announcing the MOD's intention to let AugustaWestland build the future Lynx fleet of army helicopters.The decision was also madenot to invite bids from other companies.Mr Hoon also said that 'other key partners'would include Smith industries in Cheltenham.Sir Kevin left the MOD in November 2005and the final contract agreeing the price was signed off by the Treasury in May 2006.Amonth later in June 2006 Sir Kevin was signed up by the Smiths board.Then in May2007 he was asked to be a chairman of Finmeccanica, the company which ownsAugustaWestland in July 2007.From studying the Civil Service Management Code 4 (Conduct and Discipline), thereappears to be an issue of conflict of interest that has been breached.Referring tosection 4.3 Annex A: Rules on the Acceptance of Outside Appointments by CrownServants (Terms of Approval: section 16) although this says there is a minimum waitingperiod of three months between leaving Crown employment due to the access to thehigh policy areas that Permanent Secretaries have enjoyed before taking up an outsidepost, the advisory committee does have the power to waiver the minimum waiting
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