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Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department work to assist special advisers; and what the cost of employing such staff was in each of the last three years. (245294)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 24 November 2008, Official Report, column 809W, to the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr. Hammond).

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what expert advisers have been commissioned by his Department since its inception; on what topic each was commissioned; and whether the adviser so appointed made a declaration of political activity in each case. (246964)

The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999.

My Office publishes information relating to the use of external consultants on Hansard and since 2003, the names and overall costs of special advisers by pay band are published on an annual basis.

Further to this, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Murphy) has responsibility for appointing members of the Boundary Commission for Scotland.