124876 - Northern Ireland Office: Ministerial Policy Advisers (Answered)

Owen Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many special advisers were employed in her Department in each year from 1997 to 2018.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Because of the devolution of policing and justice functions on 12 April 2010, and subsequent reconfiguration of the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), the NIO does not hold figures for the periods prior to 2010. Attempting to obtain this information would incur disproportionate cost. The figures below are taken from the NIO annual report and accounts for 2010/11 to 2016/17 and show the number of special advisers employed by the NIO.

Year

No. Special Advisers

2010-11

1

2011-12

1

2012-13

1

2013-14

1

2014-15

1

2015-16

1

2016-17

1

2017-18*

2

* As of 25 January 2018