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Profile: Sir Alan Budd
Sir Alan Budd
Sir Alan was an economic adviser to successive Tory chancellors
The head of the inquiry into claims David Blunkett misused his position to help his ex-lover has been named as Sir Alan Budd.

Sir Alan was chief economic advisor to Tory chancellors between 1991-97 before becoming a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee.

He was appointed to the independent panel set up to advise Tessa Jowell on BBC charter renewal in June 2004.

Since 1999, he has also been the provost of Queen's College, Oxford.


Well regarded in Whitehall, Sir Alan is seen as having a good knowledge of the workings of central government having advised Norman Lamont and Ken Clarke - both chancellors under John Major.

Sir Alan also carried out the government's review of gambling, which recommended liberalisation of current laws.

Educated at public school Oundle, he went on to study at the London School of Economics before doing a PhD at Cambridge.


After a series of lectureships, he became senior economic advisor to the Treasury between 1970 and 1974.

Between 1981 and 1991 he was professor of economics at the London Business School.

He was made chief economic adviser to the Treasury and head of the government economic service between 1991 and 1997.

Sir Alan lists his recreations as gardening and music.

Why an inquiry became inevitable

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