Sir Frank Cooper’s directive to DSO on ‘agency fees’
MoD permanent secretary sent ‘sensitive’ guidance to head of defence salesBy Frederika Whitehead | 26 June 2012 | 4 Related pieces
Exaro publishes the UK government directive that set down guidelines on “agency fees” in overseas defence sales.
Sir Frank Cooper, as permanent secretary of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), issued the confidential directive, which has since been declassified. It was sent in 1976 to Sir Lester Suffield, then head of the MoD’s Defence Sales Organisation.
It gave “special guidance” on the “difficult and sensitive area” of “special commissions and the employment of agents” in overseas defence sales. It stated that it had been approved by the defence secretary in Jim Callaghan’s Labour government, Roy Mason.
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