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Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance he has issued on the relationship between special advisers and civil servants. (164529)

The “Code of Conduct for Special Advisers” sets out the responsibilities and standards of conduct expected of special advisers, including relations with the permanent civil service. Copies of the Code of Conduct are in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the office costs for his Department's special advisers for 2007-08 are expected to be, including costs of support staff; and how many full-time equivalent civil servants work in support of such special advisers. (164932)

One civil servant supports the special advisers in my office, providing administrative support of a non-political nature in accordance with the “Code of Conduct for Special Advisers”.

Individual civil servants' salary details are not disclosed in order to protect the privacy of the individual concerned. Office costs will be accounted for in the 2007-08 Cabinet Office Annual Resource Accounts.