My two special advisers are employed on a full-time basis. They have no external employment.
Since the establishment of the Department, special advisers in this Department have received two gifts—the first in July 2006 and the second in November 2006. The items are both valued at less than £25 and have been registered and retained by the Department, in accordance with the “Code of Conduct for Special Advisers”.
I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) on 9 October 2006, Official Report, column 72W.