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Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what expert advisers have been commissioned by his Department and its agencies since 1997; on what topic each was commissioned; and whether the advisers so appointed made a declaration of political activity in each case. (246663)

The detailed information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The Cabinet Office sponsors a number of advisory non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) which provide independent expert advice on a number of issues. Appointments to NDPBs are governed by the principles set out in the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ code of practice. Summary information is published in “Public Bodies” which can be accessed online at:

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/public/bodies.asp

or copies are available in the Libraries of the House.

Summary information on the political activity of individuals appointed to posts regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ code of practice is published each year in the commissioner’s annual report.

In addition, the Government publish on an annual basis the names and numbers 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 July 2008, Official Report, columns 99-102WS.