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Consultants

Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on external consultancy in each year from 1996-97 to 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. (104252)

The DWP was formed in June 2001 and I have provided the total spent on external consultants (including VAT) in each year since formation broken down by agency.

£ million

Agency

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Jobcentre Plus1

4.70

5.29

8.46

7.76

17.63

The Pension Service1

0

1.06

3.06

9.28

15.16

Child Support Agency

1.18

4.00

0.94

1.06

4.23

Disability and Carers Service2

n/a

n/a

n/a

0.35

3.76

The Rent Service3

n/a

n/a

n/a

0.15

0.10

Corporate Centre and NDPBs4

88.59

130.70

294.27

149.78

89.42

DWP Total

94.46

141.04

306.72

168.37

130.29

n/a = Not available

1 Jobcentre Plus and The Pension Service were established as agencies in April 2002.

2 The Disability and Carers Service was established as an agency in November 2004.

3 The Rent Service became part of DWP in April 2004.

4 The Appeals Service moved to the Department of Constitutional Affairs in April 2006.