§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many special advisers were employed by him(a) between 1 May and 31 December 1997 and (b) in each year from 1998 to 2001 inclusive; and what the total amount spent on special advisers by the Department was in each of those years. 883W
§ Jane Kennedy
The number of special advisers employed between May 1997 and 2001 are as follows:
Number May 1997 to September 1999 2 October 1999 to October 2000 0 November 2000 to January 2001 1 February 2001 to September 2001 1 October 2001 to December 2001 2
All special advisers have been paid a salary in accordance with the centrally agreed arrangements applying at the time. In addition the Department meets the travel and accommodation costs required on official business.