To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2007, Official Report, column 380W, on departmental pay, how many of those earning over £100,000 were employed (a) as special advisers and (b) in a political role in each year since 1997.
Since 2003, the Government have published on an annual basis the number of special advisers in each pay band. For the most recent information, I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister on
Information on the number and cost of special advisers prior to 2003 was provided at regular intervals and this information will be available in the Library of the House.