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Special Advisers

Volume 300: debated on Wednesday 5 November 1997

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what disciplinary action has been taken against his special adviser Mr. Charlie Whelan for discussing market sensitive information in a public place; [13406](2) which Minister in his Department authorised his special advisers to brief

The Times and other newspapers on the subject of the Government's policy towards European monetary union on Friday 17 October; [13407]

(3) at what locations his special adviser, Mr. Charles Whelan, conducted press briefings containing market sensitive information by mobile phone on 17 October. [13984]

The terms under which special advisers work are set out in their contracts, a model copy of which is available in the Library. These build upon the rules in force under previous Administrations.