§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment for what purpose he obtained the services of Mr. Edward Berman; and what was the period of any contract or arrangement made, together with the terms of service and remuneration paid to him or Inter-Action or any other organisation.
§ Sir George Young
Mr. Edward Berman was appointed as a special adviser to the then Secretary of State for the Environment on inner city matters, with particular reference to the role of voluntary organisations. His appointment was for nine months from 4 October 1982 to426W 4 July 1983, on the basis of two-thirds time, to be averaged over the period of the appointment. This was later revised and for the period 1 April to 4 July the appointment was on a full time basis. His salary was based on the mid-point of the assistant secretary scale. The terms of Mr. German's appointment provided that, while he was required to withdraw from the paid employment of the Inter-Action Trust, he was permitted to work for it on a voluntary basis, and to undertake consultancy work in time not spent working for the Secretary of State.