HC Deb 27 October 1997 vol 299 cc666-7W
Mr. Streeter

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many special advisers are employed at the European Commission; for which commissioners they work; what is their nationality; what is their total pay; and if he will make a statement. [12327]

Mr. Doug Henderson

Each Commissioner is entitled to appoint one paid special adviser. Special advisers are not full-time employees of the Commission. They are consulted ad hoc, and paid per day worked. Total pay for all special advisers in 1996 was 165,000 ecu. They are not selected on the basis of nationality.

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