§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many special advisers were employed by himself and his predecessor(a) between I May and 31 December 1997 and (b) in each year from 1998 to 2001 inclusive; and what the total amount spent on special advisers by the Department was in each of those years. 
§ Mr. McCartney
Two special advisers were employed by the Department of Social Security and subsequently by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in each year from 1997 to 20 January 2002. From 21 January 2002, in recognition that DWP now has a Minister who attends Cabinet, it employed three special advisers.
Details of costs for special advisers with individual Departments are not given in order to protect the privacy of the individuals concerned.