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Volume 268: debated on Thursday 7 December 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage, if she will list those (a) consultants, (b) outside organisations and (c) individuals employed by her Department in each year since 1990, indicating the purposes of their employment and the total payments made to them. [3969]

My Department was established in April 1992 and took on responsibility for funding its own consultancies in August 1992.To list those consultants employed by my Department and its agencies and indicate their individual purposes would incur disproportionate costs. I am able to provide details of the total annual expenditure on outside consultancies incurred by my Department and its agencies during the last three financial years.

  • 1992–93: £4,239,207
  • 1993–94: £6,003,317
  • 1994–95: £2,746,028.

To list all those outside organisations employed by my Department and its agencies with an indication of their individual purpose would require a large exercise, incurring disproportionate costs.

For individuals employed by my Department, I refer the hon. Member to the copies of the civil service staff post summary tables, copies of which can be found in the House Libraries. These individuals are employed to assist the Department and its agencies to achieve their aims and objectives as set out in the annual departmental report.