– Defence Secretary Philip Hammond
There is a two year period during which ex-officers are required to take advice off the Cabinet Office Committee, which looks at business links. If we find that people are not taking that advice, we will look at steps to shut down their access to ministers and officials. But all of the companies that these people would be offering services to rely on the MoD as their principal customer. If we were to make it clear that the kind of lobbying that is being talked about here will damage them, rather than benefit them, that would be rather effective.
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.