§ Mr. Beith
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2002,Official Report, column 1177W, what the (a) names and (b) responsibilities are of unpaid advisers who have assisted the work of his Department since June 1997 but are not included in the Cabinet Office's annual report "Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews 2000–01". 1113W
§ Mr. Hutton
[holding answer 21 May 2002]: Ministers have not appointed unpaid advisers other than those accounted for in the list of task forces, reviews and other ad hoc advisory groups.
However, a large number of outside experts provide their time and knowledge to the Department on an ad hoc basis as and when appropriate and without payment. I am grateful to all of them for their help which enriches the work of the Department. Information is not held centrally about such individual contributions.