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Departmental Special Advisers

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Prime Minister if he will list (a) his special envoys and (b) their (i) professions, (ii) responsibilities as envoys and (iii) dates of starting and ending their roles. (224900)

To ask the Prime Minister to whom or which Department the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Energy Issues reports; what his terms of reference are; and from which Department he would draw expenses, should any be incurred. (226844)

To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether he plans to appoint a special representative for Cyprus; and if he will make a statement; (229046)

(2) whether he plans to appoint an envoy for forestry; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the ministerial appointments press notice issued by my Office. A copy has been placed in the Library of the House and is also available on the No. 10 website at:

In addition, my right hon. Friend the Member for Cynon Valley (Ann Clwyd), who has served since 2003 as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Human Rights in Iraq, continues to perform her very important role.

They are entitled to claim reasonable travel and subsistence expenses incurred as part of their work. These expenses are paid in accordance with existing departmental guidelines on allowances and subsistence.