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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by (a) his Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his Department is responsible and (c) each independent statutory body, organisation and body financially sponsored by his Department in each year since May 1997. (39101)

The information held by the Home Office on its spend on consultants is given in the following table:

Spend on consultants(£)

1997-98

7,627,016

1998-99

4,588,445

1999-2000

10,302,672

2000-01

27,877,286

2001-02

21,147,058

2002-03

Not held

2003-04

106,800,000

2004-05

46,900,000

We do not hold information on the Department's total expenditure on consultants for 2002-03 and to obtain this information would incur disproportionate cost.

Total expenditure figures on consultants by non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), executive agencies, independent statutory body organisations and bodies financially sponsored by the Department for the period in question is not held centrally. To obtain this information would incur disproportionate cost.

The definition of consultancy covers investigating problems, providing analysis or advice, or assisting with the development of new systems, new structures or new capabilities within the organisation.