Independent adviser on ministers’ interests: annual report 2010-11.
The Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests is appointed by the Prime Minister with two responsibilities:
To provide an independent check and source of advice to government ministers on the handling of their private interests, in order to avoid conflict between those interests and their ministerial responsibilities.
To investigate – when the Prime Minister, advised by the Cabinet Secretary, so decides – allegations that individual ministers may have breached the Ministerial Code of Conduct.
Sir Alex Allan KCB