HC Deb 02 May 1974 vol 872 cc532-4W
Q7. Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Prime Minister how many outside advisers have now been appointed to assist Ministers of the Crown; and if he will publish a list of their names plus the name of the Department to which each is assigned.

The Prime Minister

Twenty-two full-time and nine part-time advisers, distributed between 16 Departments, have been appointed or are in the process of being appointed. Details are as follows:

Special Advisers to Ministers

A special adviser is appointed by a Minister personally and the appointment lapses when the administration's term of office ends. The following list covers all special advisers who have received letters of appointment or whose conditions of appointment have been agreed.

Department and Names

Cabinet Office

Lord Crowther-Hunt.

Mr. G. R. J. Richardson.

No. 10 Downing Street (Civil Service Department)

Dr. B. Donoughue.

*Mrs. C. Carmichael.

*Mr. A. Graham.

*Mr. R. Graham.

*Mr. R. H. Kirwan.

*Mr. D. F. J. Piachaud.

Department of Education and Science

Professor M. Preston.

Department of Energy

Mr. S. Bundred.

Department of the Environment

Mr. D. Lipsey.

Mr. P. Barry.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Mr. T. McNally.

Department of Health and Social Security

*Professor Abel Smith.

Mr. J. Straw.

Mr. A. Lynes.

Mr. Chapman.

Home Office

Mr. M. A. Oakeshott.

Department of Industry

Mr. F. Cripps.

Mrs. F. Morrell.

Mr. K. J. Griffin.

Northern Ireland Office

Mr. R. Darlington.

Ministry of Overseas Development

Miss M. Jackson.

Dr. S. Holland.

Department of Prices and Consumer Protection

Mr. J. Lyttle.

*Dr. J. Mitchell.

Privy Council Office

Mr. T. J. Pitt.

Miss V. Kidd.

Department of Trade

*Mr. M. Stewart.

Her Majesty's Treasury

Mr. A. Ham.

Welsh Office

*Mr. G. Prys-Davies.

*Employed part-time

Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Prime Minister if, in the interest of open government, he will now publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the individual salaries paid to Dr. Bernard Donoughue, Mrs. C. Carmichael, Mr. Andrew Graham, Mr. Richard Graham, Mr. Richard Kirwan, Mr. David Piachaud, Mr. Adrian Shaw, Mr. Gavin Davies and any other outside advisers appointed from outside the Civil Service.

The Prime Minister

No. As I told my hon. Friend on 11th April, the total cost of the salaries of Dr. Donoughue's unit is some £35,000 per annum. I do not intend to publish details of individual salaries.

Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Prime Minister whether he can now say how many new political assistants have been appointed from outside the Civil Service to advise Ministers since the present Government took office; and what is the estimated total annual cost of these appointments to the taxpayer.

Mr. Robert Sheldon

I have been asked to reply.

Thirty-four advisers have been appointed or are in the process of being appointed. As regards the cost, I would refer the hon. Member to my answer to the hon. Member for South Angus (Mr. Bruce-Gardyne) on Tuesday 30th April.