Special Advisers

Oral Answers to Questions — Prices and Consumer Protection – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th March 1976.

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Photo of Mr Ian Gow Mr Ian Gow , Eastbourne 12:00 am, 8th March 1976

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection on what dates and for how long her two special advisers were appointed.

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hertford and Stevenage

Dr. Joan Mitchell's current appointment dates from 11th October 1974 and Mr. John Lyttle's from 20th November 1974. Their appointments may be terminated at any time.

Photo of Mr Ian Gow Mr Ian Gow , Eastbourne

Though it is not saying a great deal, is the right hon. Lady aware that she is one of the better Ministers in this Administration? Will she explain why she needs two special advisers whereas the Secretary of State for Employment has none?

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hertford and Stevenage

I should explain to the hon. Gentleman, taking his compliment in the spirit in which it was offered, that Dr. Mitchell's appointment is part-time and not full-time, and that she will be concerned with certain economic matters which arise in the Department.