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Consultants

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been paid in fees to external consultants working on the amalgamation of English Nature, the Rural Development Service and the Countryside Agency; and from which budget the payments are made. (90336)

The costs of external consultants in establishing Natural England have come from DEFRA's budget and are as follows:

(£)

2003-04

2004-05

47,383

2005-06

2,067,565

2006-07

326,951