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Departmental Pay

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2007, Official Report, column 874W, on departmental pay, how many of those earning over £100,000 were employed (a) as special advisers and (b) in a political role in each year since 2002. (177178)

Since 2003, the Government have published on an annual basis the number of special advisers in each pay band. For the most recent information I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister on 22 November 2007, Official Report, columns 147-151WS.

Information on the numbers and costs of special advisers prior to 2003 was provided at regular intervals and this information will be available in the Library of the House.