HC Deb 05 February 1976 vol 904 c719W
Mr. Gow

asked the Minister for the Civil Service (1) whether the consent of the Prime Minister, as Minister for the Civil Service, is required before a Minister appoints a special adviser;

  1. (2) whether, and in what circumstances, Ministers other than Cabinet Ministers may appoint special advisers;
  2. (3) what restrictions there are, if any, on the appointment by Cabinet Ministers of special advisers.

Mr. Charles R. Morris

Only Ministers in charge of Departments may appoint special advisers. The approval of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister is required for each such appointment.

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