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Departmental Staff

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many value for money exercises on the use of (a) management consultants and (b) professional advisers have been conducted by his Department in each of the last five years for which information is available; and if he will make a statement. (103014)

My Department has not conducted a formal Department-wide value for money review focusing specifically on management consultants or professional advisers in any of the last five years. However, the role and contribution of consultants and advisers is considered as part of reviews of specific projects and programmes and as part of standard contract management practice. We have also conducted a number of internal audit reviews and co-operated fully in external audit reviews of consultants during the period in question.