Asked if Alan Sugar s dealings with the BBC were sorted in light of the fact he had now become a member of the House of Lords, the PMS said that issues in relation to Sir Alan Sugar and the BBC were a matter for them; these were not issues for the Government. Sir Alan Sugar was not a member or employee of the Government, but he would be offering independent advice to the Government from a business perspective, drawing on his own experience and on consultations around the country.
Asked why Sir Alan Sugar had to be in the House of Lords to offer advice, the PMS said that Sir Alan Sugar was being ennobled because of the contribution he had made to raising the awareness of business and enterprise issues in this country.
Asked if Sir Alan Sugar would be security vetted and if he would be policed by Sir Philip Mawer, the PMS said that we had already made clear that action had been taken to ensure that there was no conflict of interest. These were matters for the Business Department and the Permanent Secretary.
Asked if Sir Alan Sugar would be a working peer, what his role would be and if he would take the whip, the PMS said Sir Alan Sugar would be a working peer but any other questions needed to be addressed to the Labour Party.
Asked if Sir Alan Sugar s new role could be likened to anybody else s, the PMS said that there were a number of people who provided independent advice to the Government but he would not start naming names. It was not unusual for the Government to appoint independent advisors in the way we had done with Sir Alan Sugar.
Asked if the Prime Minister had had any contact with the Appointments Commission about Sir Alan Sugar, the PMS said that the appointment had been approved by the House of Lords Appointment Commission.
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