MoD probes lobbying claims

An investigation has been launched by the Ministry of Defence after former military chiefs were reported to have boasted about their ability to lobby top officials to secure contracts for private firms in breach of Whitehall rules.

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Dannatt: 'No intention, inclination or plans to lobby'

Responding to claims in the Sunday Times that he was prepared to lobby on behalf of a military company, Lord Dannatt sent an email to the paper before publication saying;

I am quite clear that lobbying at this stage of a contract bid is against the procurement rules and I have neither the intention nor the inclination to do this. Frankly, it is not my business.

I have no intention, no inclination, and certainly no plans, to engage in lobbying activity that would contravene the rules prohibiting contact between private companies in the final stages of bidding for government contracts, and the officials in charge.

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