To ask the Prime Minister what official back-up is being provided to the Secretary of State for Energy in his new co-ordinating role; to which Department those officials will be allocated; and what provision is to be made for parliamentary questions on his performance of these new responsibilities.
The Secretary of State for Energy will be supported by my chief press secretary and his office. He will receive advice as necessary from the Cabinet Office on questions of propriety of Government publicity. Questions arising from the Secretary of State's new responsibilities should be addressed to him. Questions on publicity issues relating to a specific Department should be addressed to the Minister concerned.