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External Consultants

Volume 401: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the projects with a value in excess of £30,000 carried out by his Department using external consultants in the current financial year. [96697]

[holding answer 11 February 2003]: Responsibility for procurement within the Department is devolved to individual business units operating within central guidance. Information is not held centrally on a project by project basis but a trawl of the Department, excluding agencies, at local business unit level has identified 10 projects in the current financial year with an expenditure to date on consultants in excess of £30,000:

  • Business process re-engineering/Departmental of Health finance system
  • Department of Health performance management
  • Ensuring efficient delivery
  • Financial flows project
  • Benchmarking programme
  • Mental health minimum dataset
  • Infrastructure management services programme
  • Establishment of the NHS franchising register of expertise
  • Utilisation—based small area study of need for healthcare in England
  • Shifting the balance of power.