HC Deb 26 May 1999 vol 332 cc190-1W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what guidance he received from the Cabinet Office relating to the procedures for the appointment of his new special adviser, Mr. Tom Engel; [85545]

(2) what will be the responsibilities of his new special adviser, Mr. Tom Engel; [85542]

(3) if he will list those areas on which his special adviser, Mr. Tom Engel, will not receive papers or give advice, so as to avoid conflicts of interest, as specified in the model contract for special advisers. [85544]

Mr. Blunkett

Tom Engel will start work as Special Adviser to me on 1 June. He will be employed under terms and conditions set out in the model contract for Special Advisers. He was appointed following a competitive interview process and his appointment is fully in line with Cabinet Office procedures, including having been authorised by the Prime Minister.

Tom Engel will be required to sever all links with his previous employer, Westminster Strategy, and his policy responsibilities in the Department will have no relevance to the responsibilities he held at Westminster Strategy. He will work to me across the range of subjects for which the Department has responsibility.

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