HC Deb 20 December 1999 vol 341 cc386-7W
Mr. Grieve

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many departmental special advisers have been given severance packages when leaving employment in Scotland in the last 12 months; what amount has been paid to them; and what conditions were attached to the payment. [102917]

Dr. Reid

[holding answer 16 December 1999]: Before the Scottish Parliament elections, four Special Advisers received severance pay in line with the long-standing rules which have applied under previous Administrations. The conditions relating to the payment of severance pay are set out in the Model Contract of Employment for Special Advisers, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House. The total paid amounted to £53,026.