§ Mr. Cryer
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the political advisers and public relations advisers currently employed to advise Ministers in his Department, including those persons paid by other organisations and seconded to the Government, giving in every case the source of payment, rate of salary and expenses.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
Professor D. Pearce is my special (economic) adviser on environmental matters and Mr. P. J. Rock is my special (political) adviser. Mr. R. Marsh is special (political) adviser to the Minister for Local Government and Inner Cities, the Minister for Housing and Planning, and the Minister for the Environment and Countryside.
It is not the practice to give information about the salaries of individual advisers as they are negotiated in relation to previous outside earnings and are therefore confidential. The normal civil service rules apply to expenses and each adviser may be provided with secretarial assistance.
No public relations advisers are currently employed by my Department, nor are there any special advisers on secondment.