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Inquiry status: report published on 14 October 2012, Government response published 10 July 2013
Over the term of the current Parliament, concerns have been raised about the propriety and actions of formal and informal special advisers to the Secretaries of State for Education and Defence, the Prime Minister and First Minister of the Scottish Government. In 2012, PASC carried out an inquiry on special advisers.
Following the publication of the Government Response, the Committee wrote to the Cabinet Office about Special Advisers and quasi-judicial decisions by ministers; and transparency around numbers and pay bands of special advisers.
The Chair's letter to the Cabinet Office and their response can be found in publications section below under "correspondence".
Public Administration Select Committee publishes report on the conduct of special advisers
MPs will publish report on 14 October
Public Adminstration Select Committee holds evidence session
Public Administration Select Committee starts new inquiry
PASC launches new inquiry into the role of political special advisers.
Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence