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Special Advisers: Recruitment

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN HL2148, tabled on 3 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government which external organisations have been involved in the recruitment of candidates to be special advisers to ministers since 24 July 2019.

Answered on

16 March 2020

Special Advisers are appointed to assist a Minister of the Crown after being selected by that Minister personally. All appointments must be approved by the Prime Minister. This is set out in Section 15 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.

Separately, and in advance of Ministerial approval in accordance with the statutory requirement, it is open to political parties to undertake activity to identify individuals that Ministers may wish to consider for selection. This is not part of the appointment by Government but rather for the political party concerned.

Previously, the existence of such opportunities has generally not been made public. Openly encouraging people to express their interest, with greater information about what the opportunities may entail, will help broaden the field of potential candidates.

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Cabinet Office