The questions asked what her Ministerial responsibilities are; whether Hain's department is responsible for (a) her Ministerial wage and (b) providing her ministerial support; and finally whether Hain had discussion with multi-job Harman about her Ministerial role and Ministerial support. The questions were tabled for answer on Monday, and were finally answered by Barbara Follet yesterday. Apparently
The Government Equalities Office is a Government Department in its own right; support services are currently provided by the Department for Work and Pensions. Barbara Follett supports the Minister for Women and Equality (Ms Harman) across the range of equalities issues.So what does she do? I'm still none the wiser. Who pays her? Does anyone know? More importantly, why is she answering questions about herself in the third person?
Given that she's been in role for five months you'd think someone somewhere might know what department was paying her, but it seems not. Sounds like she's not just wasting taxpayer money, she's a waste of space too.
If you're wondering how the "Equalities Office" actually works I suggest reading the Prime Minister's statement. It's about as clear as a puddle of mud.