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Departments: Consultants

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which private consultancy firms (a) his Department and (b) agencies which report to his Department engaged in each of the last three years; which programmes or projects each firm worked on; and what the approximate cost to the Department or agency concerned was of each engagement. (155871)

The Department does not collect information on projects awarded to private consultancy firms by the Department and its agencies in the format requested. To do so would attract disproportionate cost.

A new system will be introduced in April 2008 called SHOWA, which will be able to gather such information for the Department.