§ Mr. Hawkins
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many(a) special advisers, (b) task force members and (c) review body members his Department employs; what is the total salary and benefits of (a) to (c); and what was the equivalent cost prior to 1 May. 
My Department employs two special advisers and one expert special adviser working part-time on the Task Force on youth justice. We have not employed any review body members. In order to protect the privacy of the individuals concerned, details of salaries cannot be provided. Information on the total paybill for special advisers was, however, provided in the answers which the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster gave to the hon. Members for Gordon (Mr. Bruce) and for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr. Davey) on 25 November 1997,Official Report, columns 472–73.