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1995 - PMQT Written Answers 17th May 1995

Below is the text of the written answers relating to Prime Minister's Question Time from 17th May 1995.


Special Advisers

Mr. McMaster: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the name, former occupation and supervising Minister of each special adviser currently employed from any Government funding source; and if he will list the salary range of such advisers as of 5 May; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister: There are 36 special advisers currently employed by Government Departments; details of their names, former occupations, and Ministers are as follows. For information on the salary range of special advisers I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to him on 28 February 1995, Official Report, columns 484-85 .

The following is the information:

Name                   |Former occupation                                         |Minister


K. Adams          |Personal Assistant to the Right Hon. John Gummer          |Secretary of State for the Environment

P. Barnes          |Management Consultant, Boston Consulting Group       |Secretary of State for Social Security

J. Bercow          |Director, Rowland Sallingbury Casey                       |Chief Secretary

N. Blackwell        |Partner, McKinsey and Co. Consultants                     |Prime Minister

C. Blunt             |Public Affairs Consultant, PI Political                   |Secretary of State for Defence

Miss A. Broom      |Freelance Political Consultant                            |Secretary of State for Employment

T. Burke*          |Director, Green Alliance                                  |Secretary of State for Environment

J. Caine           |Desk Officer, Conservative Research Department         |Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

T. Collins       |Communications Director, Conservative Central Office      |Prime Minister

Dr. E. Cottrell          |Assistant Director, Conservative Research Department    |Secretary of State for Education

Dr. W. Eltis*     |Director General, National and Economic Development Office  |President of the Board of Trade

Miss C. Fairbairn    |Strategy Consultant, McKinsey and Co. Consultants         |Prime Minister

M. Fraser   |Assistant Director, Conservative Research Department  |Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

A. Hockley   |Economic Adviser, Air Transport Users Council, and Freelance Adviser   |Secretary of State for Health

Miss S. Hole        |Secretary to Lord Rothschild                              |Chief Whip

M. Izatt             |Research Assistant to Mr. Raymond Robertson MP            |Secretary of State for Scotland

A. Kemp*              |Owner of ODP Nexus Ltd.                                   |President of the Board of Trade

G. Maclay              |Economic Researcher, Pieda plc                            |Secretary of State for Scotland

M. Maclay     |Associate Editor, "The European"    |Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

R. Marsh  |Writer and Researcher on Environment and Local Government, Conservative Central Office |Secretary of State for Health

Ms S. McEwean        |Account Executive Namara Cowan Ltd.                       |Lord Privy Seal

M. McManus               |Desk Officer for Wales, Conservative Central Office       |Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

P. Moman            |Self Employed Consultant and Writer                       |Lord President

L. O'Connor*          |Self Employed Architect                                   |Secretary of State for the Environment

Mrs. K. Ramsay       |Desk Officer, Conservative Central Office Research Department      |Prime Minister

P. Rock                   |Assistant Director Conservative Central Office            |Home Secretary

D. Ruffley            |Solicitor, Clifford Chance                                |Chancellor of the Exchequer

D. Rutley               |Business Development Director, Pepsi Cola                 |Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

M. Simmonds               |Researcher, BBC Political Research Unit                   |Secretary of State for Transport

D. Soskin             |Chief Executive of Asquith Courts Schools Ltd.            |Prime Minister

Lady Strathnaver           |Adviser to Right Hon. Michael Heseltine MP                |President of the Board of Trade

N. True             |Director, Public Policy Unit                              |Prime Minister

Miss A. Warburton      |Private Secretary                                         |Prime Minister

Miss R. Whetstone           |Head of Political Section, Conservative Central Office    |Home Secretary

H. Williams   |Governing Body of Rugby School, also Freelance Journalist and Writer  |Secretary of State for Wales

S. Williams          |Company Secretary, Williams Lea Group                     |Prime Minister


Special advisers fall into two categories, political and those with specialised expertise relevant to their appropriate Secretary of State. The latter are indicated by an asterisk.