Special Advisers

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th December 2004.

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Photo of Andrew Tyrie Andrew Tyrie Shadow Paymaster General

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether departmental special advisers have made speeches in their official capacity since May 1997.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Foreign Secretary

No, if by "speeches" the hon. Member means ones given in a public forum. Advisers in my Department make plenty of oral contributions in meetings, including ones organised by external bodies and abroad.

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