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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what level of security vetting is required for (a) special advisers and (b) ministerial-appointed policy advisers in his Department; and if he will list each person who has held these posts since May 2010.

Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Please refer to the publicly available booklet HMG Personnel Security Controls, available from the Cabinet Office website at

This booklet describes the circumstances in which a post may require the holder to be the subject of national security vetting checks. It would not be appropriate to confirm which specific posts within this Department are the subject of vetting, as this could highlight who has access to sensitive material and be used for targeting purposes.

Please refer to the quarterly publication of the list of special advisers which is available in the Libraries of the House and can also be accessed on the Cabinet Office website at

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