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Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 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. (246661)

The Department was created on 28 June 2007. The detailed information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The Department 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

www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/public/bodies

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 are committed to publishing an annual list detailing the number and costs of special advisers. Information for 2007-08 was published by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, on 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 99-102WS.