§ Ms Roseanna Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the cost of Special Advisers, including salary, transport and other costs, employed by his Department in(a) 1992, (b) 1997 and (c) 1999. 
§ Dr. Reid
[holding answer 14 June 2000]Special Advisers' salaries are negotiated individually within the three-band range announced to the House by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 16 November 1998,Official Report, column 354. Individual salaries and pension contributions are confidential. No information is available about the costs of Special Advisers in 1992. Other costs of Special Advisers in the Scottish Office in 1997–98 were £35,000; and an estimated £57,000 in 1998–99.
The Scotland Office was established in its present form on 1 July 1999. The other costs of Special Advisers to 31 December 1999 was £10,246.