HL Deb 09 May 2002 vol 634 c202WA
Lord Campbell of Croy

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have any plans for an increase in the number of special advisers. [HL406l]

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston

Paragraph 50 of the ministerial code sets out the rules on numbers of special advisers. At 1 May, there were 81 special advisers in post. The Government would not expect there to be a large increase in numbers.