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Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan left his role as Minister of State, Department for International Development, in July 2014.
1. Non Executive Director, Fujairah Refining Ltd
Sir Alan sought the Committee’s advice about an appointment as a Non Executive Director for Fujairah Refining Ltd.
When considering this application, the Committee noted that the majority shareholder of Fujairah Refining Ltd is Vitol, and that Sir Alan had some contact with that organisation while in ministerial office. However, the Committee took into account that Sir Alan had left ministerial office over 18 months ago, and that this contact was more than two years before that. They also took into account Sir Alan’s previous career in the oil industry and the fact that he had carried out work for Vitol prior to becoming a Minister. The Committee also noted that Sir Alan had had no access to commercially sensitive information about any competitors of the organisation during his last two years in office and that his new role would not involve any contact with the UK Government.
Taking into account the views of Sir Alan’s former department and the FCO, given that he continues to hold a role as a Special Envoy to Yemen, the Committee saw no reason why he should not take up this appointment, subject to the following conditions:
- He should not draw on (disclose or use for the benefit of himself or the organisations or persons to which this advice refers) any privileged information available to him as a Minister or Special Envoy;
- He should make it clear in any activities he undertakes on behalf of his new employer, its parent company, subsidiaries or clients, that he is acting as their representative and not as a Government representative; and
- For two years from his last day in ministerial office he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf Fujairah Refining Ltd, its parent company, subsidiaries or clients.
The Committee wrote its advice letter to Sir Alan in January 2016 and he took up the role in February 2016.