§ Mr. Hawkins
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many(a) special advisers, (b) task force members and (c) review body members his Department employs; what is the total salary and benefits of (a) to (c); and what was the equivalent cost prior to 1 May. 
§ Mr. Dewar
[holding answer 10 December 1997]: Since 1 May 1997, my Department has employed two Special Advisers, four Task Force members and two Review Body members. Prior to 1 May 1997, there were two Special Advisers, two Task Force members and one Review Body member. Information on the salary costs to individual departments of Special Advisers is not provided in order to protect the privacy of the individuals concerned. However, information on the total paybill for Special Advisers across Departments was given by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of
Appointments since 1 May 1997 Body Appointee Position Whether remunerated (Yes or No) Executive NDPBs Accounts Commission for Scotland Mrs. Marcia Campbell Member Yes Mr. John Mullin Member Yes Mr. Donald Dewar Member Yes Highlands and Islands Enterprise Mr. Alistair Gray Member Yes Joan Currie Member Yes Mr. James Gray Member Yes Mr. Colin Paterson CBE Member Yes National Museums of Scotland Mr. Robert H. Smith Chairman No Parole Board for Scotland Lord Ross Member Yes Sheriff Brian Lockhart Member No Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Professor Roland Paxton Commissioner No Monuments of Scotland Scottish Agricultural and Biological Research Institutes Rowett Research Institute Dr. James Stewart Member No Scottish Crop Research Institute Mr. Andrew C. Bain Member No Dr. John Sime Member No Mr. Philip Whitworth Member No Scottish Agricultural Wages Board Mrs. Mary M. McKelvie Member Yes Scottish Community Education Council Lillias Noble Member No Mr. Norman MacDonald Member No Mr. Alan Blackie Member No Mr. Louie MacAllan Member No Mr. James Sweeney Member No Scottish Enterprise Sir Ian Wood Chairman Yes Mr. Cameron McLatchie CBE Deputy Chairman Yes Cllr. Keith Geddes Member Yes Mr. Eric Hagman Member Yes Janet Lowe Member Yes Sir Iain Vallance Member Yes Sottish Higher Education Funding Council Professor Geoffrey Boulton Member Yes Ann Kettle Member Yes Dr. Valerie Maehle Member Yes Mr. Stewart Miller Member Yes Mr. James Wright Member Yes
Lancaster in his answer to the hon. Members for Gordon (Mr. Bruce) and for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr. Davey) on 25 November 1997, Official Report, columns 472–73. Task Force and Review Body members are individuals other than Departmental officials who may either be paid a salary or fee to work within a specific remit. Many are however unpaid apart from expenses. There was no cost for Task Force members either before 1 May 1997 or since then. Similarly, there was no cost for Review Body members prior to 1 May 1997, but since 1 May fees amounting to £1,026 have been paid.