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Consultancy Fees

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much her Department spent on consultancy fees in each year between 2001-02 and 2004-05. (94325)

My Department also replies on behalf of its Associated Offices and the former Court Service.

From April 2001 until March 2005, my Department’s expenditure with consultants was as follows:

£ million

2001-02

6.5

2002-03

5.7

2003-04

9.0

2004-05

10.6

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 May 2006, Official Report, column 1798W, on consultancy fees, for what purposes her Department employed Barry Sutlieff. (93476)

Mr. Sutlieff was employed to fill a short term skills gap. He devised a communications strategy and provided advertising and communication advice to the Judicial Appointments Commission Implementation Team, in financial year 2004-05. The strategy set out how to promote awareness across key stakeholders about how the creation of the Judicial Appointments Commission, upon implementation of the Constitutional Reform Act, would affect Judicial Appointments and what these changes would mean for them.