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Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) scientific advisers and (b) civil servants in scientific posts there are in her Department. (302021)

There are no external scientific advisers in the Department for Work and Pensions, however, there are three civil servants within the Department employed in posts which require them to give scientific advice. The Department also employs a number of statisticians, economists, social researchers and operational researchers but these are not classified as scientific posts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions she has met (a) the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and (b) her Department's Chief Scientific Adviser in the course of her official duties in the last 12 months. (304004)

The Department’s chief scientific adviser is also the Department’s chief medical adviser and health work and well-being policy director and in these different capacities has had numerous meetings with the Secretary of State during the last 12 months. During the same period, the Secretary of State has had no meetings with the Government’s chief scientific adviser.