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Consultants

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by her Department since its creation; and what the expected costs are for 2006-07. (104063)

Communities and Local Government has engaged external professional services to provide advice, and specialist design, development and implementation skills in response to the need to develop sustainable homes and communities. The skills required were not available from civil servants. The budget for external professional services for 2006-07 is £64,376,748 and the spend to date is £31,844,679. The budget reflects the current expected outturn for the year and is likely to change as the year progresses to reflect the needs of the Department.

Specialist skills including project management, finance, engineering, technology specification, building specification and design, security and resilience have been engaged to support the delivery of projects to enhance the ability of the Fire and Rescue Service to respond to major incidents. The work undertaken includes radio engineering expertise for the new radio systems for the Fire and Rescue Service; also, logistical support and design for responding to chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear incident, and search and rescue incidents. Around 60 per cent. of expenditure has been in support of these projects.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department’s annual budget is for employing workers on a consultancy basis; and how much of this budget was used in each of the last five years for which records are available. (103019)

The information requested is set out in the following table.

Communities and Local Government has engaged external professional services to provide advice, and specialist design, development and implementation skills in response to the need to develop sustainable homes and communities. The skills required were not available from civil servants.

Specialist skills including project management, finance, engineering, technology specification, building specification and design, security and resilience have been engaged to support the delivery of projects to enhance the ability of the Fire and Rescue Service to respond to major incidents. The work undertaken includes radio engineering expertise for the new radio systems for the Fire and Rescue Service; also, logistical support and design for responding to chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear incident, and search and rescue incidents. Around 60 per cent. of expenditure has been in support of these projects.

Financial year

Budget (£)

Spend (£)

2006-07

64,376,748

131,844,679

2005-06

60,115,563

53,000,000

2004-05

81,518,452

80,000,000

2003-04

n/a

47,000,000

2002-03

n/a

n/a

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