HC Deb 15 December 1999 vol 341 cc226-7W
15. Mr. Tyler

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance is given by her office to Special Advisers in Government Departments on the limitations to be observed on their political involvement. [101559]

Marjorie Mowlam

Detailed guidance for Special Advisers on their role and responsibilities is set out in the "Model Contract for Special Advisers". This includes the rules governing the involvement of Special Advisers in political activities.

18. Mr. Paterson

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will make a statement on the number of advisers employed by the Government. [101562]

Marjorie Mowlam

There are 68 Special Advisers serving Cabinet Ministers. In addition, I have appointed Mr. Keith Hellawell as the UK Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator and Mr. Michael Trace as his Deputy. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Employment has appointed Professor Michael Barber as the Standards and Effectiveness Adviser and my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has appointed Mr. Chris Wales, Mr. Paul Gregg and Ms Shriti Vadera as members of the Council of Economic Advisers. All are employed on Special Adviser terms.

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