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Gil Paterson (Scottish National Party) | Question S3W-36528
To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will provide the names of the special advisers currently in post; what their responsibilities are; what their pay bands are for 2010-11; how many special advisers are in each pay band, and what the total salary cost of employing special advisers was in 2009-10.
John Swinney (Scottish National Party)
There are currently 10 special advisers including one part-time. The Special Advisers and their specific responsibilities are as follows:
|Kevin Pringle Senior Special Adviser||Strategic co-ordination across all portfolios, political spokesperson and senior adviser on communications issues.|
|Noel Dolan Senior Special Adviser||Senior policy adviser to the Deputy First Minister on Health, Wellbeing, and Housing policy.|
|Alex Bell Senior Special Adviser||Senior adviser on policy matters, First Minister’s Questions, constitutional issues and renewable energy issues.|
|Geoff Aberdein Special Adviser||Liaison with FM’s Private office; adviser on FM diary issues. Lead on sports issues and 2014 Commonwealth Games including legacy.|
|Jennifer Erickson Special Adviser||Support on Policy for Economic Issues (Part time)|
|Stephen Gethins Special Adviser||Support on policy for Finance & Sustainable Growth, Europe and External Relations, Environment & Rural Affairs, Energy and Climate Change.|
|Colin McAllister Special Adviser||Policy support for Education and Culture issues.|
|John McFarlane Special Adviser||Policy Adviser on justice issues, Parliamentary liaison working with Minister for Parliamentary Business and the Parliamentary Liaison Officers|
|Will McLeish Special Adviser||Political spokesperson, advice on communications issues and liaison with broadcasters.|
|Stuart Nicolson Special Adviser||Political spokesperson, advice on communications issues.|
The number of salaried special advisers in each pay band from 1 April 2010 is:
|Pay Band||Pay Range||Number of salaried Special Advisers|
|1||£39,445 – £52,904||5|
|2||£51,041 - £67,709||2|
|3||£65,017 - £83,963||3|
|3 (premium)||£83,549 - 100,942||0|
|4||£86,965 - 104,462||0|
The total salary cost for the 10 salaried special advisers in post in 2009-2010 including ERNIC and employer pension contributions was £701,627. By comparison the cost of the 12 Special Advisers employed by the previous administration in 2006-07 was £854,376.