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Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the companies which were paid consultancy fees by his Department in 2005-06; how much each was paid; and what each of the companies was used to accomplish. (69701)

The definition of consultancy was revised by Office of Government Commerce (OGC) during 2005-06. Consultancy now falls under the wider category of professional services which covers the following areas: general management and business, legal, human resources, IT property and financial. Consultancy services cover one or more of advice, design and development, and implementation where the assignment is time limited or ad hoc, and is in addition to business as usual activity.

We do not currently hold a central record of overall consultancy expenditure; however, the total fees paid in respect of management consultancy in 2005-06 were £19,500,297 in respect of the core Home Office and £8,959,716 for the agencies. To provide details of expenditure against a list of companies and what each of the companies was used to accomplish would incur disproportionate cost.