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Accountancy Services

Volume 405: debated on Monday 12 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost to his Department was for accountancy services in 2002–03. [109480]

The Department is unable to provide the information requested because DWP accounting systems record accountancy spend under the general headings of Consultancy and Professional Services. Our current systems are not able to disaggregate expenditure to reflect the individual spend on accountancy services and a manual sift of the expenditure data could not be undertaken without incurring disproportionate cost.