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Departmental Pay

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was paid in reimbursable expenses to special advisers in his Department in each of the last five years. (320480)

For 2005-07, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Member for Lincoln (Gillian Merron) to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) on 9 July 2008, Official Report, column 1657W.

Officials have reviewed these figures and have established that the answer was incorrect.

Our current records show that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office paid the following amounts to special advisers in reimbursable expenses for the financial calendar years 2005 to 2010.

Amounts paid to special advisers

Financial year


1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006


1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007


1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008


1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009


1 April 2009 to March 2010 (to date)