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Special Advisers

Volume 449: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

Listed below are the names of special advisers in post at 24 July 2006, the special advisers’ pay ranges for 2006-07, the number of special advisers in each pay band by department and the total pay bill cost of special advisers for 2005-06.   

All special advisers are appointed under terms and conditions set out in the Model Contract and Code of Conduct for Special Advisers providing assistance on the full range of their appointing Minister’s departmental responsibilities.  Where a special adviser has a specific expertise or works mainly in a particular area of the department’s work this is indicated.

Appointing Minister

Special Adviser in post

Expertise

The Prime Minister

Jonathan Powell

Chief of Staff

Liz Lloyd

Deputy Chief of Staff

Ruth Turner

Director of Government Relations

Matthew Taylor

Chief Adviser on Strategy

Policy Directorate

David Bennett

Head of Policy Directorate

Conor Ryan

Paul Corrigan

Geoffrey Norris

Philip Collins

Justin Forsyth

Kieran Brett

Strategic Communications & Press

David Hill

Director of Communications

David Bradshaw

Hilary Coffman

Matthew Doyle

Chris McShane

Benjamin Wegg Prosser

Huw Evans

Events & Visits

Jo Gibbons

Director of Events, Visits and Scheduling

Katie Kay

Angela Goodchild (p/t)

John Watts

Victoria Gould

Research and Information Unit

Catherine Rimmer

Katie O’Donovan

Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State

Joan Hammell

Chief of Staff

Mick Halloran

Minister for the Cabinet Office and for Social Exclusion (and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster)

Peter Kyle

Anna Turley

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Julie Crowley

Media and communication

David Leam

Rachel O’Brien

Women and equality

Chief Whip (Commons)

Sue Jackson

Simon Benson

Chief Whip (Lords)

Margaret Ounsley

Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor

Garry Hart

Philip Bassett

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Nick Bent

Secretary of State for Defence

Matt Cavanagh

Alaina Macdonald

Secretary of State for Education and Skills

Chris Norton

Mario Dunn

Clare Montagu

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Madlin Sadler

Tony Grayling

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Sheila Watson

Ed Mitchell

Malcolm Chalmers

Foreign affairs

Minister for Europe

James Connal

Minister for Trade

Martin O’Donovan

Trade

Blair McDougall

Communications; human rights

Secretary of State for Health

Liz Kendall

Karen Livingston

Secretary of State for the Home Department

Steve Bates

Justin Russell

Anna MacMillan

Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal

Mark Davies

Declan McHugh

Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council

Joe Dancey

Dorothea Hodge

Secretary of State for International Development

Beatrice Stern

Communications

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for Wales

Claire McCarthy

Northern Ireland issues

Philip Taylor

Northern Ireland issues

Andrew Bold

Wales issues

Matthew Burchell

Wales issues

Secretary of State for  Scotland and Secretary of State for Transport

Paul Sinclair

Transport

Iain Gray

Scottish Affairs

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

Andrew Maugham

Sam White

Emily Thomas (unpaid)

Chancellor of the Exchequer1, 2

Spencer Livermore

Damien McBride

Chief Secretary

Jonathan Ashworth

Jo Dipple

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

John Williams

John Woodcock

Minister without Portfolio

Paul Richards

Andy Bagnall

1 In addition, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has appointed Dan Corry, Paul Gregg, Shriti Vadera, Michael Jacobs, and Stewart Wood to the Council of Economic Advisers on special adviser terms.

2 Plus Sue Nye appointed as an unpaid adviser.

Pay bands for 2006-2007

The pay bands and pay ranges for special advisers for 2006-07 are as follows:

Scheme Ceiling: £136,500

Pay Band 4: £84,000 to £100,900

Pay Band 3 and Premium: £62,800 to £97,500

Pay Band 2: £49,300 to £65,400

Pay Band 1: £38,100 to £51,100

Pay Band 0: Up to £38,100

Advisers by Pay Band

At 24 July 2006, the number of special advisers in each pay band by department is as follows:

Pay band

Department

0

1

2

3

4

No 101

26

2

213

21

Deputy Prime Minister’s Office

12

1

Cabinet Office

22

Communities & Local Government

21

22

Chief Whips’ Offices (Commons and Lords)

12

2

Constitutional Affairs

2

Culture, Media and Sport

1

Defence

12

12

Education and Skills

12

22

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

12

12

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Includes Minister for Europe and Minister for Trade)

12

22

-

32

Health

11

12

-

Home Office

11

22

International Development

1

Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal

21

1

Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council

22

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Wales

24

Secretary of State for Scotland and Transport

1

21

Trade and Industry3

1

1

HM Treasury3, 4

1

22

1

Work and Pensions

1

21

Minister without Portfolio

21

21

Total

1

29

17

23

4

1 Plus three special advisers who are paid beyond Pay Band 4 but within the scheme ceiling.

2 Includes provisional salaries yet to be agreed.

3 Plus one unpaid Adviser.

4 Plus the five members of the Council of Economic Advisers who are employed on special adviser terms (one in Band 4, three in Band 3, and one in Band 1). One of the members of the Council works part time.

Paybill costs

The cost of special advisers in 2005-2006 was £5.9 million1

1 This figure includes salary, severance pay and estimate of pension costs.