HC Deb 15 December 1998 vol 322 cc459-60W
Mr. Gapes

To ask the Prime Minister what ministerial support is provided to the President of the Council. [64274]

The Prime Minister

Her Majesty, the Queen, has been pleased to approve that my hon. Friend the Member for Sherwood (Mr. Tipping) be appointed Parliamentary Secretary, Privy Council Office.

My hon. Friend will provide support to my right hon. Friend the President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons, in a number of areas for which she is responsible. The President's responsibilities were set out in the answer given by my right hon. Friend to my hon. Friend the Member for Wimbledon (Mr. Casale) on 2 November 1998, Official Report, column 363.

My hon. Friend the Member for Sherwood will not draw a Ministerial salary.