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Departmental Security

Attorney-General 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 Attorney-General

(1) what level of security vetting is required for the post of (a) head of communications, (b) deputy head of communications and (c) head of press office in the Law Officers' departments; and if he will list each person who has held these posts since May 2010;

(2) what level of security vetting is required for (a) grade six and seven, or equivalent, press officers and (b) ministerial private secretaries in the Law Officers' departments;

(3) what level of security vetting is required for (a) special advisers and (b) ministerial-appointed policy advisers in the Law Officers' departments; and if he will list each person who has held these posts since May 2010.

Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier The Solicitor-General

It would not be appropriate to provide details of the levels of security vetting or other information on specific posts within the Law Officers' Departments, as this could highlight who within a Department has access to sensitive material and be used for targeting purposes. The Cabinet Office has issued guidance on civil service security vetting procedures entitled 'HMG Personnel Security Controls', which is published online at:

www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/hmg-personnel-security-controls

The Law Officers’ Departments do not employ any special advisors or policy advisors appointed by Ministers.

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