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Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what expert advisers have been commissioned by his Department and its agencies since 1997; on what topic each was commissioned; and whether the adviser so appointed made a declaration of political activity in each case. (246956)

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

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) sponsors a number of advisory non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) which provide independent expert advice on a number of issues. Statistics concerning NDPBs that are sponsored by the FCO are on the FCO website:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-the-fco/what-we-do/building-strong-relationships-ol/stakeholder-groups/non-dept-public-bodies

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.

In addition, the Government publish on an annual basis the names and numbers of special advisers in each pay band.