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Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which 10 consultancy fees charged to her Department since May 1997 were the most expensive. (107165)

The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) operates a devolved budgeting system for the contracting of staff on a consultancy basis and no central records of fees charged per consultant or consultancy is maintained.

FCO expenditure on external consultants in general is reported annually in its departmental report, copies of which are available in the Library of the House and on the FCO’s website at