WALES & SPECIAL ADVISERS – 19 January 2000

Dr Julian Lewis: If he will list the responsibilities of the special advisers to the Wales Office?

[SUPPLEMENTARY:] Given that the two special advisers seem rather underwhelmed with work at the moment, may I make a helpful suggestion? Does the Secretary of State [Paul Murphy] realise of his two predecessors – both of whom remain Members of Parliament – that as of the new year, out of 73 Divisions of the House, one had voted only once and the other had not voted at all? As a gesture of kindness, could not he offer them the services of his special advisers to dream up some excuses for that appalling voting record?