Links between minister and adviser investigated
David Cameron asked the Cabinet Secretary to investigate whether an energy consultant had improperly been given work by the Government because of her previous links to the Climate Change mininster, Greg Barker.
Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act yesterday revealed that Miriam Maes had introduced Mr Barker to her clients from Air Products, a multinational energy supplier at the same time as she was carrying out consultancy work for the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
She also asked him to intervene when her publicly-funded contract was not renewed. Asked about whether the revelation represented a potential conflict of interest at Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Cameron said he had asked the Cabinet Secretary to investigate last year – but had been assured that there had been no impropriety.
"I have consulted the Cabinet Secretary over this issue, the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Climate Change has been consulted on this issue and I don't see the need for a further inquiry on that basis," he told MPs.
He said the "key point" was that "the individual in question was hired by civil servants after a properly run competition".
The Prime Minister's spokesman added that Mr Cameron had full confidence in Mr Barker who had worked with Ms Maes previously when the Conservatives were in opposition.
Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Wreckage could be found within a week as search reaches 'very critical juncture', says minister
Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
Royal Tour 2014: Is the Duchess of Cambridge the only person ever to climb into a fighter jet wearing a dress and high heels?
Kim Jong-un, crowds and contraband: Inside North Korea with the Pyongyang marathon winner
Cover up! Mother told to show less cleavage during Disneyland family trip: 'Are we supposed to wear turtlenecks our whole lives?'
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave
- 1 'Natural' energy drink banned for containing erectile dysfunction drug
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Dylan Tombides: West Ham confirm 20-year-old striker has died after battle with cancer
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Angus Steakhouse: How does tourist staple continue to thrive in today's gourmet market?
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is a company that specializ...
£153.75 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is an innovative outsourcin...
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company has been providing on site ...
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: We've been supplying best of breed peopl...