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Departmental Pay

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department (a) spent on salaries for (i) special advisers and (ii) communications and press officers in each year since 2003 and (b) plans to spend on salaries of (A) special advisers and (B) communications and press officers in 2010-11. (268106)

Since 2003, the Government have been 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, columns 99-102WS. The salary costs of communications and press officers in the Scotland Office is as follows:

Communications and press officers (£)

2003-04

114,643

2004-05

105,266

2005-06

93,114

2006-07

70,283

2007-08

113,235

Plans for 2010-11 have yet to be finalised.