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Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which external consultants were used by (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance initiatives in 2005-06; and what the nature and cost of the work was in each case. (115195)

During the financial year April 2005 to March 2006 the only external consultant commissioned to carry out work for the Department or any of its arm’s length bodies on private finance initiative (PFI) was Mr. Stuart Kennedy (barrister) regarding the Department’s involvement in resolving a dispute on the Dudley National Health Service Trust’s PFI scheme. The cost of this work was £31,661.95 excluding value added tax.