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Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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. (246665)

The full information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Details of formal, standing bodies set up by Government to provide independent expert advice to Departments and Ministers are published annually by the Cabinet Office. These bodies, known as advisory non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), are listed in the annual ‘Public Bodies’ publication. Copies of ‘Public Bodies’ dating back to 1999 can be viewed and downloaded from the following websites:

1999-2006: < .asp>;

2007: < /3599.aspx>;

2008: < /5125.aspx>.

Copies are also available up to 2007 in the Library for the reference of hon. Members.

Since 2003, the Government have published on an annual basis the appointment of special advisers.