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Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the people appointed to ad hoc posts within his Department bearing the titles of advocate, tsar, adviser, champion and comparable titles since May 1997; what their job title is or was; what their role is or was; whether they were or are being paid; what the total cost of each such person was in each financial year, including expenses and benefits; what the expected cost of each such person is in 2003–04; to whom they are accountable; and if he will make a statement. [112463]

Since 1997, my Department has employed Special Advisers or Unpaid Advisers, as defined in paragraphs 50 and 51 of the Ministerial Special Code. The names are listed below:

  • David Blunkett
  • Conor Ryan
  • Sophie Linden
  • Lisa Barclay
  • Hilary Benn
  • Tom Bentley
  • Leala Padmanabhan
  • Tom Engel
  • Nick Pearce
  • Estelle Morris
  • Will Cavendish
  • Chris Boffey
  • Charles Clarke
  • Lisa Tremble
  • Robert Hill
The Special Adviser role within the Department was/is to advise the Secretary of State. Remuneration are not disclosed in order to protect the privacy of the individual concerned, and exemption 12 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information applies. The unpaid adviser from the above list was Leala Padmanabhan.