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Ministerial Policy Advisers

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps the Cabinet Secretary takes to ensure that special advisers' access to premium services are cancelled when special advisers take leave from their employment to engage in party political activity. (233365)

The rules on special advisers' involvement in political activities are set out in the ‘Code of Conduct for Special Advisers’.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether special advisers in 10 Downing Street are part of the Downing Street Political Office. (233367)

No. As has been the practice under successive Governments, staffing and associated costs for the Political Office are met from party funds.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 99-102WS, on special advisers, what the cost of (a) national insurance employer contributions and (b) expenses relating to special advisers was in 2007-08. (233648)

National insurance employer contributions incurred on behalf of special advisers and costs of any expenses claimed by individual special advisers are not held centrally, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.