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Departments: Ministerial Policy

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 27 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2007, Official Report, column 465W, on Departments: Ministerial policy advisers, what procedures govern the use of Government resources by his special advisers as part of his leadership campaign; (144962)

(2) pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2007, Official Report, column 465W, on Departments: Ministerial policy advisers, and the Cabinet Secretary’s letter of May 2007, whether any costs of his leadership campaign have been (a) incurred and (b) reimbursed by his Department.

All Treasury officials and advisers conduct is in line with the requirements of the Civil Service and Special Advisers’ Codes. Special advisers’ involvement in party political matters is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers (available at www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk), including paragraph 7 on the use of official resources, and the guidance issued by the Cabinet Secretary in December 2006 and May 2007, copies of which are available in the Library of the House.