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Special Advisers

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total cost to her Department of special advisers accompanying Ministers on visits (a) abroad and (b) within the UK was in the last 12 months. (99951)

All travel is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers. The Government publish an annual list of overseas travel costing more than £500 by Cabinet Ministers along with the total cost of all ministerial travel overseas. The total cost figure includes the cost of accompanying special advisers. Information for 2005-06 was published on Monday 24 July 2006. Information for 2006-07 will be published as soon as possible after the end of the financial year.

Detailed information in respect of UK travel could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost to her Department of provision of office facilities to (a) special advisers and (b) press officers (i) was in the last 12 months and (ii) has been since 1997-98. (99955)

Information on the cost of providing office facilities to special advisers and press officers in the Department in the last 12 months is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Information on the cost of providing office facilities to special advisers and press officers since 1997-98 is not available.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers work for the (i) Social Exclusion Task Force and (ii) Better Regulation Executive. (99948)

The two special advisers appointed by me provide advice and assistance on the full range of Cabinet Office business, including work relating to the Social Exclusion Task Force and the Better Regulation Executive. No special advisers work directly for either unit.

No specific press officer works for either unit but the Cabinet Office press office spend some of their timeworking on these two portfolios.