HC Deb 14 January 1998 vol 304 cc226-7W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Prime Minister if he will list those Ministers who have advisers paid for in whole or in part by(a) commercial and (b) charitable concerns; and if he will make a statement. [22608]

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.