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Tony Blair

Asked if appointments taken up by former Prime Minister Tony Blair were subject to the usual form of approval, the PMS replied yes; Section 7.25 of the Ministerial Code set out the procedures for Ministers, which would include the ex-Prime Minister; Ministers must seek advice from the Independent Advisory Committee on any appointments or employment that they wish to take up within two years of leaving office.

Asked if that was a civil service committee or an independent committee, the PMS replied that it was the Independent Advisory Committee on Business Appointments and that the Cabinet Office could give details.

Asked if that meant that there were no sanctions, the PMS replied that the Cabinet Office would give chapter and verse on process and procedure. The procedures were set out clearly in the Ministerial Code and those were the procedures people followed.

Asked if that had been the process Tony Blair had followed, the PMS said that it was not for him to answer that question, it was a matter for the Cabinet Office. However, for guidance, the understanding was that Tony Blair had followed those procedures.

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