Advisory Committee on Business Appointments
The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments is an non-departmental public body
Non-departmental public body
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 in the UK
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, which was set up in 1975 to provide advice on applications from the most senior Crown
Politics of the United Kingdom
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 servants who wish to take up outside appointments after they leave Crown service. Since 1995 it has also provided advice to former Ministers on their employment in the two years after leaving office. The committee is chaired by Lord Lang
Ian Lang
Ian Bruce Lang, Baron Lang of Monkton PC is a former British Conservative MP for Galloway from 1979 to 1983 and for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale from 1983 to 1997....


In March 2010, the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments revealed that Tony Blair
Tony Blair
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a former British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2 May 1997 to 27 June 2007. He was the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield from 1983 to 2007 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007...

 was involved in business consulting to an oil firm with interests in Iraq
Iraq ; officially the Republic of Iraq is a country in Western Asia spanning most of the northwestern end of the Zagros mountain range, the eastern part of the Syrian Desert and the northern part of the Arabian Desert....

. Blair had managed to prevent the committee from publicizing the news for almost two years until it finally decided to release the information to the public.

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