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Departmental Staff

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of staff employed in the top five grades of her Department have (a) a graduate qualification in IT and (b) previous employment as an IT specialist. (105939)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many temporary employees were contracted to work for her Department in 2005-06; and what the total cost of such employees was in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 1997-98. (106692)

The average number of temporary staff employed by the Department, over the year 2005-06, was 70 full-time equivalent. Based on their average salary of £26,500 the total cost of such employees was £1,855,000.

Information is not available for 1997-98.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many value for money exercises on the use of (a) management consultants and (b) professional advisers have been conducted by her Department in each of the last five years for which information is available; and if she will make a statement. (103016)

The Department is committed to ensuring that the contracts it lets provide value for money, through competitive tendering, and by evaluating the performance of external consultants once contracts have ended. However, the Department does not currently record any central data on value-for-money exercises, and it is not possible to collate this, because of the disproportionate costs in doing so.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's annual budget is for employing workers on a consultancy basis; and how much of this budget has been used in each of the last five years for which records are available. (103029)

The Department does not set an annual budget for employing workers on a consultancy basis.

However, the Department does record how much it spends on external consultancy services (where in-house resources were not available). Information for the previous five years is set out as follows:

Financial year

£000

2001-02

7,056

2002-03

7,266

2003-04

10,031

2004-05

12,800

2005-06

16,000

1 The 2005-06 spend is lower because the Department rectified some miscoding against the expenditure category codes to provide a more accurate figure of external consultancy spend.