§ Mr. Cryer
To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. Dorrell
The Department of Health employs one special adviser, Mrs. Tessa Keswick. We do not employ any outside public relations advisers. Mrs. Keswick's salary is paid from departmental running costs and she is entitled to claim expenses at normal civil service rates. It is not our practice to publicise the salaries of individual advisers as they are individually negotiated and are therefore confidential.