§ Mr. Cryer
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy 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. Wakeham
There is one political adviser currently employed in and paid for by my Department, Mr. Guy Black. It is not the practice to reveal the salaries of advisers as they are individually negotiated in relation to previous outside earnings and are therefore confidential. As regards expenses, the normal civil service rules apply.522W
In respect of the privatisation of the electricity supply industry, two public relations advisers are retained by the Department to provide marketing and public relations advice: Dewe Rogerson, jointly with the industry; and Lowe Bell Communications. Details of their contracts are commercially confidential.