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Departments: Consultants

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Solicitor-General how much the Law Officers' Departments spent on (a) management consultants and (b) other external consultants and advisers in each year since 2000; and which of these consultants undertook work for the Department with a total contractual value in excess of £10 million over this period. (146331)

I am answering this question on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, Serious Fraud Office, Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office, Treasury's Solicitors Department and HMCPS Inspectorate.

It has not been possible to distinguish between expenditure on management consultants and other external consultants. The statistics are also dependent on individual budget holders allocating expenditure to the correct code.

£000

Financial year

CPS

SFO

RCPO

TSol1

HMCPSI

2000-01

4,043

341

n/a

202

n/a

2001-02

7,126

298

n/a

195

153

2002-03

4,947

762

n/a

311

63

2003-04

7,139

672

n/a

278

51

2004-05

7,819

1,296

n/a

274

59

2005-06

3,784

1,919

127

658

66

2006-07

3,924

1,453

236

328

57

1 Including AGO

In addition the Treasury Solicitors’ department has incurred the following costs for externally procured legal advice for representation including expenditure which is recovered from client organisations through charges as part of the business operations of TSol.

£000

2000-01

17,531

2001-02

20,418

2002-03

27,089

2003-04

28,187

2004-05

22,981

2005-06

17,409

2006-07 (forecast)

20,254