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Ministerial Gifts

Baroness Amos: The Prime Minister has today published a list of gifts received by Ministers. The list provides details of gifts received by Ministers valued at more than £140 for the period 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004. Copies of the list have been placed in the Libraries of the House.
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Ministerial Travel

Baroness Amos: Expenditure on ministerial overseas visits for 1996–97 to 2003–04 is estimated as follows:
YearExpenditure £million

1 May 1997 to 31 March 1998
2 The figure for 2003–04 reflects payments made so far for travel undertaken in the period; a few bills have yet to be submitted to departments for payment.

A list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during the period 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004 has been placed in the Libraries of the House. The list provides details of the date, destination, purpose and costs of individual visits made by the Cabinet Ministers.

Advisory Committee on Business Appointments: Annual Report

Baroness Amos: The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments has submitted its sixth report to the Prime Minister. The report provides an account of the work of the committee in advising the Prime Minister on business appointment applications from Crown servants on the acceptance of outside appointments after leaving government. The report covers the period 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2004. Copies of the report have been placed in the Libraries of the House.

The Prime Minister is very grateful to all the committee members for giving their time so freely to it.

In addition, the Prime Minister has asked Sir Patrick Brown to undertake a review of the business appointment rules taking account of the work already done by the committee and referred to in its report. The rules were last reviewed in 1996. Since then there has been a greater emphasis on interchange with the private and other sectors. The review will have the following terms of reference:

To review the business appointment rules to ensure that they are compatible with a public service that is keen to encourage greater interchange with the private and other sectors, which is essential for effective delivery in today's public service. The review will consider the operation of the system, taking account of practice overseas. It will also consider the current machinery for dealing with applications and the necessary resources.
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Interception of Communications Commissioner and Intelligence Services Commissioner: Annual Reports 2003–04

Baroness Amos: My right honourable friend the Prime Minister has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I have today laid before both Houses the annual reports for 2003 of the Interception of Communications Commissioner, the right honourable Sir Swinton Thomas and the Intelligence Services Commissioner, the right honourable Lord Justice Simon Brown. Some sensitive information has been excluded from the reports of the Interception of Communications Commissioner and the Intelligence Services Commissioner in accordance with Sections 58(7) and 60(5) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.
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I am grateful to the commissioners for their reports and the work that has gone into preparing them.

Special Advisers

Baroness Amos: Listed below are the names of special advisers in post at 19 July 2004, the special advisers' pay ranges for 2004–05, the number of special advisers in each pay band by department and the total cost of special advisers for 2003–04.

All special advisers are appointed under terms and conditions set out in the Model Contract for Special Advisers providing advice on the full range of their appointing Minister's departmental responsibilities. Where a special adviser has a specific expertise this is indicated.
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Advisers in post:
Appointing MinisterSpecial Adviser in postExpertise
The Prime Minister1Jonathan PowellChief of State
Sally MorganGovernment relations
Policy Directorate
Andrew AdonisEducation
Arnab BanerjeeEconomics
Patrick DiamondEducation and cross-cutting policy issues
Matthew ElsonTransport
Julian Le GrandHealth
Roger LiddleEurope
Alasdair McGowanDevolution, local and regional government
John McTernanSocial exclusion
Geoffrey NorrisIndustry and business
Carey OppenheimChildren and families
Nicholas RowleyEnvironment
Justin RussellHome and Legal Affairs
Matthew TaylorActing Head of the Policy Directorate
David Hill
Hilary Coffman
Darren Murphy
Diary Management
Katie Kay
Events and visits
Jo Gibbons
Angela Goodchild (p/t)
Implementation Group
Kate Garvey
Sarah Hunter
Liz Lloyd
Media Monitoring Unit
Chris McShane
Research and Information Unit
Joanna Nadin
Catherine Rimmer
Strategic Communications Unit
David Bradshaw
Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary
of StateJoan Hammell
Ian McKenzie
Paul Hacket (p/t)
Chief Whip (Commons)Sue Jackson
Fiona Gordon
Chief Whip (Lords)Margaret Ounsley
Secretary of State for Culture, Media
and SportBill Bush
Nick Bent
Secretary of State for DefenceMichael Dugher
James Connal
Secretary of State for Education and SkillsRobert Hill
Lisa Tremble
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural AffairsNicci Collins
Stephen Hale
Hazel Phillips
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth AffairsEd Owen
Michael WilliamsCommunications and the EU
UN; human rights; Asia, Africa and the Balkans
Secretary of State for HealthRichard Olszewski
Steve Bates
Paul Corrigan
Secretary of State for the Home DepartmentMatt Cavanagh
Katharine Raymond
Huw Evans
Sophie Linden (p/t)
Leader of the House of Lords, and the Lord President of the CouncilMatthew Seward2
Mark Davies
Joe Dancey (p/t)
Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord ChancellorGarry Hart
Philip Bassett
Secretary of State for International DevelopmentAlex Evans
Beatrice Stern
Secretary of State for Northern IrelandOwen Smith
Adam Higgett
Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal and Secretary of State for WalesGreg Power
Phil Taylor
Andrew BoldParliamentary procedure
Parliamentary procedure
Welsh affairs
Secretary of State for Trade and IndustryJim Godfrey
Roger Sharp
Deborah Lincoln
Emily Thomas (unpaid)Communications
Women and equality
Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for ScotlandAndrew Maugham
Sam White
Iain Gray
Scottish affairs
Chancellor of the Exchequer3, 4Ian Austin
Spencer LivermoreCommunications
Chief SecretaryNicola Murphy
Jonathan Ashworth
Secretary of State for Work and PensionsChris Norton
Tom Clark
Minister without PortfolioMartin O'Donovan
Blair McDougall

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Pay bands for 2004–05

The pay bands and pay ranges for special advisers for 2004–05 are as follows: Scheme Maximum    £133,628 Pay Band 4    £80,178 to £96,213 Pay Band 3 and Premium    £59,867 to £93,005

Pay Band 2    £47,038 to £61,785 Pay Band 1    £36,348 to £48,456 Pay Band 0    Up to £36,347

Advisers by Pay Band

At 19 July 2004, the number of special advisers in each pay band by department is as follows:
DepartmentPay Band
No 105155132
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister21
Chief Whips' Offices (Commons and Lords)12
Constitutional Affairs2
Culture, Media and Sport11
Education and Skills11
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs21
Foreign and Commonwealth Office2
Home Office4
International Development2
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Lords3
Lord Privy Seal, Leader of the House of Commons and Secretary of State for Wales21
Northern Ireland Office11
Trade and Industry6111
HM Treasury722
Secretary of State for Scotland and Secretary of State for Transport12
Work and Pensions2
Minister without Portfolio2


Paybill costs

The cost of special advisers in 2003–04 is £5.3 million8.


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