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Political Advisers

Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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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. [14806]

At 1 August, Government departments employed the following numbers of paid Special Advisers:

DepartmentNumber employed
Number 10 Downing Street118
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food2
Cabinet Office (Office of Public Service)1
Chief Whip's Office2
Department for Culture, Media and Sport22
Ministry of Defence2
Department for Education and Employment15
Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions23
Foreign and Commonwealth Office2
DepartmentNumber employed
Department of Health2
Home Office2
Department for International Development2
Lord Privy Seal's Office2
Northern Ireland Office2
Privy Council Office1
Scottish Office2
Department of Social Security2
Department of Trade and Industry2
Her Majesty's Treasury4
Welsh Office2
1 Of which two part-time.
2 Of which one part-time.
The total salary cost for 1992–93 is not readily available. However, the paybill for those in post at September 1992 was £1.3 million.The total salary costs for the years 1993–96 are given in the list below:

  • 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.