The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Annual expenditure on external consultants is published in the Department’s annual reports, copies of which are in the Library of the House. The vast majority of work undertaken for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by consultants is associated with its major Information Communication Technology and Estate construction programmes.
I also refer the right. hon. Member to the reply my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary gave to my right hon. Friend the Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) on 16 May 2006, Official Report, columns 893-94W; and the reply my right hon. Friend the then Foreign Secretary (Mr. Straw) gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Great Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) on 25 May 2005, Official Report, column 138W.