To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many political advisers were employed in each Government department on 1 August, and what was the annual total salary cost of such advisers, for (i) 1992–93, (ii) 1993–94, (iii) 1994–95, (iv) 1995–96, (v) 1996–97 and (vi) 1997–98; what are the current salary scales on which they are paid; and if he will make a statement. 
At 1 August, Government departments employed the following numbers of paid Special Advisers:
|Number 10 Downing Street||118|
|Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food||2|
|Cabinet Office (Office of Public Service)||1|
|Chief Whip's Office||2|
|Department for Culture, Media and Sport||22|
|Ministry of Defence||2|
|Department for Education and Employment||15|
|Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions||23|
|Foreign and Commonwealth Office||2|
|Department of Health||2|
|Department for International Development||2|
|Lord Privy Seal's Office||2|
|Northern Ireland Office||2|
|Privy Council Office||1|
|Department of Social Security||2|
|Department of Trade and Industry||2|
|Her Majesty's Treasury||4|
|1 Of which two part-time.|
|2 Of which one part-time.|
- 1 August 1993–31 July 1994: £1,133,590
- 1 August 1994–31 July 1995: £1,460,733
- 1 August 1995–31 July 1996: £1,512,622
The total paybill from 1 April 1996 to 31 March 1997 was £1.8 million. The estimated paybill for 1997–98 is £2.6 million. The estimated total paybill for 1997–98 covers various posts, including the Standards and Effectiveness Adviser to the Department for Education and Employment, the UK anti-drugs co-ordinator and his deputy, which are not covered by the earlier paybill figure.
No projected figures are available for future years.
The current salaries in bands of £10,000 are set out in the following table.
Salary band (£)
Number of Advisers
The table includes the nine Special Advisers appointed since 1 August.