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Consultancy

Volume 400: debated on Tuesday 25 February 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much (a) his Department and (b) each agency and non-departmental public body spent on external consultancy in each year from 1995–96 to 2002–03 (planned); and if he will make a statement. [92244]

In the Northern Ireland Office the total reported expenditure on the use of consultants in each year from 1995–96 to 2002–03 (planned) is as follows:

Northern Ireland Office expenditure on consultants
£
DepartmentAgencies
1995–96403,000185,000
1996–97309,000253,000
1997–98352,03599,303
1998–99479,897469,271
1999–2000702,223604,894
2000–01463,5691,040,189
2001–022,248,572639,015
2002–032,588,864193,391
1Full year estimate on spend to date.

Note:

Figures for NDPBs are not available.

In the Northern Ireland Administration the total (reported) expenditure on use of consultants in each year from 1995–96 to 2002–03 (planned) is as follows:

Northern Ireland Administration expenditure on consultants

£

1995–9626,191,196
1996–9719,788,714
1997–9810,458,511
1998–9910,369,465
1999–20009,193,016

Northern Ireland Administration expenditure on consultants

£

2000–0113,011,780
2001–0216,958,809
2002–03114,604,661

1Planned

Note:

Agencies and NDPBs are included in the above figures which are based on returns from Departments.