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Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Prime Minister (1) what (a) procedures were followed and (b) steps were taken in (i) advertising and (ii) interviewing for the appointment to post in No. 10 Downing Street of (A) Stephen Carter, (B) Nick Stace, (C) Jennifer Moses and (D) David Muir; (199058)

(2) what the duties of the Government Relations Director are;

(3) to whom (a) Jennifer Moses, (b) Stephen Carter, (c) Nick Stace and (d) David Muir report within his Office; who the line manager of each is; and if he will make a statement.

Special advisers are appointed under the terms and conditions set out in the Model Contract and Code of Conduct for Special Advisers, copies of which are in the Library of the House.

To ask the Prime Minister who in his office has the status of special adviser; and how much each such staff member is paid. (199064)

Since 2003, the Government have published on an annual basis the names and overall cost of special advisers and the number in each pay band. I refer the hon. Member to my written statement on 22 November 2007, Official Report, columns 148-150WS.