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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of consultants used by his Department was in 2005-06. (95684)

The Department spent £72.1 million on consultants in 2005-06.

The central Department and its agencies currently have separate accounting systems. This means that it has not been possible in all cases to provide actual expenditure. The central Department and the DVLA have only been able to provide this information in relation to committed spend (i.e. orders raised and contracts awarded during the period in question). Figures are based on the latest revised OGC definition of consultancy.