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Volume 205: debated on Friday 6 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the main advisers employed by his Department, the purpose for which they have been recruited and the period for which they have been employed.

In common with my predecessors, I have a political adviser who is employed by the Department on terms approved by the Treasury. My present political adviser, Mr. P. Miller, was appointed on 2 January 1991.The following list shows the other main advisers currently or recently employed by my Department. A wider range of advice is also acquired as and when needed through a number of consultancy contracts. The devolved nature of the Department means there is no central record of consultancies, and that information could only be assembled within the timescale at disproportionate cost.