Departmental Efficiency Savings

Alan Brown Scottish National Party, Kilmarnock and Loudoun

Given that the cost of special advisers has almost doubled in 10 years and that the Tory Government are spending more on special advisers than the new Labour Government, would not dealing with that be a simple cost-cutting measure?

Ben Gummer The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

On the contrary, we have kept the cost of special advisers under review and fairly flat. The list of responsibilities has been published recently and the hon. Gentleman will see that that cost is fairly constant.