§ The Prime Minister
[holding answer 12 January 1998]: Ministers receive advice from a variety of sources including the Civil Service, consultants, consultative committees, advisory task forces and special and unpaid advisers. Details of the names of unpaid advisers and the appointing Minister in each case were given in my answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Mr. Hawkins) on 13 November 1997, Official Report, columns 615–17. Information on appointments of other external advisers and the funding of individual salaries is not held centrally.