Mitchell: Seconded from COI to Foreign Office for 25 days May 2007 - Resigned Sept. 2007

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 7 May 2008, c931W)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Clarence Mitchell

Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Mr. Clarence Mitchell was seconded by his Department to act as an official spokesperson for the family of Madeleine McCann. [202007]

Mr. Jim Murphy: Clarence Mitchell was seconded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, from the Central Office of Information (COI), for a period of 25 days in May 2007 to provide assistance with the media to the family of Madeleine McCann. He resigned from the COI in September 2007.

My question:  
 Was Mitchell receiving a salary from the British government AND the McCanns from June to September 2007?  Was he working on behalf of the McCanns for that period while being paid by the British government?  Is it British policy to pay the Director of the Media Monitoring Unit to work on behalf of an individual citizen?

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