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Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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. (246972)

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

Once the Transfer of Function Order related to the creation of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has come into force, DECC will sponsor 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 on line 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 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. DECC will be covered in future such returns.