HC Deb 20 December 1999 vol 341 cc416-7W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what factors account for the increase in costs of special advisers over the period from 1995–96 to 1998–99. [101452]

Mr. Stringer

I can only answer for the period since May 1997. We always made it clear that, if elected, we would have a strengthening of the centre to ensure a firm political focus and greater co-ordination to the work of this Administration. This is what we have done, and this accounts for some of the increase. The costs also include the Standards and Effectiveness Adviser to the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, the three members of the Council of Economic Advisers and the appointments of the UK anti-drugs co-ordinator and his deputy. These appointments are new to this Administration and are not covered by paybill figures for the years before May 1997.

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