Archive for November 21, 2000

21 November 2000

Alison Halford (Delyn): Would the First Minister make a statement about the appointment procedure and accountability of special advisers within the Welsh Assembly. (OAQ7908) The First Minister: Special advisers are appointed in accordance with the Civil Service Order in Council 1995 as amended in March 1999. They are accountable to their appointing ministers for the way in which they serve the objectives of the National Assembly for Wales. You will be aware that our special advisers were appointed in open competition and that advisers have never been appointed in that way before. Alison Halford: That is exactly what I wanted to hear. I congratulate you on the fact that you have appointed your advisers in an open and fair way. Will you ensure that all special advisers are appointed in that way in future? The First Minister: I can give that assurance on behalf of the partnership Government also. We anticipate that there will be two Liberal Democrat special advisers and I understand that they will be appointed through open competition in the same way as our original four—now reduced to three—were appointed. David Davies: Does the First Minister have any plans to appoint a special adviser to the opposition …..