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Special Advisers

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role is played by special advisers in answering parliamentary questions asked of her Department. (80649)

Special advisers in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have no formal role in answering parliamentary questions, which are drafted by officials and signed by Ministers. I take advice from my special advisers on a range of issues, which includes the answers to parliamentary questions.