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Food Safety Promotion Board

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Mr. Woodward): Copies of the Food Safety Promotion Board annual report 2003, incorporating financial statements for 2002 and 2003 and a review of activities for 2001, has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.


Ministerial Travel 2004–05

The Prime Minister (Mr. Tony Blair): Expenditure on Ministerial overseas visits for the last three financial years and for the year 1996–97 is estimated as follows:
YearExpenditure £ million
2004–05 (1)5.1

1 The figure for 2004–05 reflects payments made so far for travel undertaken in the period; a few bills have yet to be submitted to departments for payment.

A list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 has been placed in both Libraries of the House. The list provides details of the date, destination and purpose of all such visits and the cost of Ministers' travel and accommodation where appropriate.

Ministerial Gifts 2004–05

The Prime Minister (Mr. Tony Blair): I have today published a list of gifts received by Ministers. The list provides details of gifts received by Ministers valued at more than £140 for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005. Copies of the list have been placed in the Libraries of the both Houses.

Numbers and Cost of Special Advisers

The Prime Minister (Mr. Tony Blair): Listed below are the names of special advisers in post at 21 July 2005, the special advisers' pay ranges for 2005–06, the number of special advisers in each pay band by department and the total pay bill cost of special advisers for 2004–05.

All special advisers are appointed under terms and conditions set out in the Model Contract for Special Advisers providing assistance on the full range of their appointing Minister's departmental responsibilities. Where a special adviser has a specific expertise or works mainly in a particular area of the department's work this is indicated.

Advisers in post:
Appointing Minister Special Adviser in post Expertise
The Prime Minister 1 Jonathan PowellRuth TurnerMatthew TaylorPolicy DirectorateDavid Bennett 2 Julian Le Grand Conor RyanNicholas RowleyGeoffrey NorrisPhilip CollinsJustin ForsythStrategic Communications & PressDavid HillDavid BradshawHilary CoffmanDarren MurphyHuw EvansChris McShaneEvents & VisitsJo GibbonsKatie KayAngela Goodchild (p/t)John WattsParna TaylorResearch and Information UnitCatherine RimmerKatie O'DonovanChief of StaffDirector of Government RelationsChief Adviser on StrategyHead of Policy DirectorateDirector of Communications Director of Events, Visits and Scheduling
Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of StateJoan HammellMick HalloranAlan SchofieldChief of Staff
Minister for Communities and Local GovernmentTim WilliamsCommunities and Local Government
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet OfficeJohn WilliamsJohn Woodcock
Chief Whip (Commons)Sue JacksonSimon Benson
Chief Whip (Lords)Margaret Ounsley
Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord ChancellorGarry HartPhilip Bassett
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and SportNick Bent Roger SharpSarah Latham
Secretary of State for DefenceSteve BatesJosh Arnold-Forster
Secretary of State for Education and SkillsRichard DarlingtonDan Corry
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural AffairsStephen HaleSheila Watson
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth AffairsMark DaviesMichael WilliamsCommunications and EUUN; human rights; Asia, Africa and the Balkans
Secretary of State for HealthLiz Kendall
Secretary of State for the Home DepartmentHannah Pawlby
Leader of the House of Lords, and Lord President of the CouncilJoe Dancey
Secretary of State for International DevelopmentAlex EvansBeatrice Stern Communications
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for WalesClaire McCarthyPhilip TaylorAndrew BoldMatthew Burchell
Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of CommonsJames ConnalMichael Dugher
Secretary of State for Trade and IndustryTom ClarkTim HortonEmily Thomas (unpaid)
Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for ScotlandAndrew MaughamSam WhiteIain GrayScottish affairs
Chancellor of the Exchequer 2 , 4 Spencer LivermoreDamien McBride
Chief SecretaryJonathan AshworthCathy Koester
Secretary of State for Work and PensionsSue ReganAnna TurleyKatherine RaymondMatthew DoylePension reformDisability, Inequality, Child Poverty, Housing Benefit reformEmployment and Incapacity Benefit reformMedia and Communications
Minister without PortfolioMartin O'DonovanBlair McDougall

1 Plus Lord Birt who is the Prime Minister's unpaid strategy adviser.
2 David Bennett is an expert adviser, appointed in accordance with para 2.11 of the Ministerial Code.
3 In addition, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has appointed Paul Gregg, Shriti Vadera, Michael Jacobs, Stewart Wood and Matt Cavanagh to the Council of Economic Advisers on special adviser terms.
4 Plus Sue Nye appointed as an unpaid adviser.

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Pay bands for 2005–06

The pay bands and pay ranges for special advisers for 2005–06 are as follows:
Scheme Ceiling£133,900
Pay Band 4£82,423 to £98,907
Pay Band 3 and Premium£61,543 to £95,609
Pay Band 2£48,355 to £63,824
Pay Band 1£37,366 to £50,148
Pay Band 0Up to £37,365

Advisers by Pay Band

At 21 July 2005, the number of special advisers in each pay band by department is as follows:
Pay band
No 10 1 1 2 34 2 12
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister111
Minister for Communities & Local Government1
Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office 2 1 2 1
Chief Whips' Offices (Commons and Lords)12
Constitutional Affairs2
Culture, Media and Sport21
Defence1 2 1
Education and Skills11
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs11
Foreign and Commonwealth Office11
Home Office1
International Development2
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Lords1
Lord Privy Seal, Leader of the House of Commons11
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for Wales4
Trade and Industry 3 11
HM Treasury 4 11 2 11
Secretary of State for Scotland and Secretary of State for Transport12
Work and Pensions1 2 3
Minister without Portfolio11

Paybill costs

The cost of special advisers in 2004–05 was £5.5 million 5 .

    1 Plus three special advisers who are paid beyond Pay Band 4 but within the scheme ceiling.

2 Includes provisional salaries yet to be agreed. 3 Plus one adviser who is unpaid. 4 Plus the five members of the Council of Economic Advisers who are employed on special adviser terms (one in Band 4, three in Band 3, and one in Band 1). One of the members of the Council works part time. 5 This figure includes salary, severance pay and estimate of pension costs.
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