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Special Advisers

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which notices of external employment have been given by his Department’s special advisers since his Department’s creation. (108477)

My two special advisers are employed on a full-time basis. They have no external employment.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the gifts received by each of his special advisers from third parties which have been declared to his Department since its establishment; and on what date each was given. (108493)

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”.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many of his Department’s civil servants work full-time to support departmental special advisers; and what the salary is of each such civil servant. (109841)

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.