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Ministerial Appointments

Volume 932: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many full- and part-time appointments, respectively, are made by him which are not subject to regulation by the Civil Service Commission; what is the total sum paid annually as salary and expenses for such appointments; and if he will take steps to reduce the number of such posts.

At the present time there are three such appointments; one full-time, one part-time and one on a daily fee paid basis. The sum paid annually in salary and expenses for the first two appointments is £48,136; the level of remuneration for the third, who has only recently been appointed, has not yet been determined. The numbers and costs of such appointments are, as a matter of policy, kept under review, but there are no plans at present to reduce the number of posts.