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External Consultants

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on external consultants in each year since 1996-97, broken down by project; what the purpose of each such project was; and if he will make a statement. (102201)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The DWP was formed in June 2001 and I have provided the total spent on external consultants since formation.

The total cost of employing consultants in each year for the remaining years is in the following table.

£ million

Description

Management consultancy

IT consultancy

2001-02

23.79

70.67

2002-03

47.57

93.47

2003-04

223.35

83.37

2004-05

98.64

69.73

2005-06

77.59

52.70