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Departments: Consultants

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the contracts his Department signed on a consultancy basis with a net value of more than £20,000 in 2006. (159316)

[holding answer 18 October 2007]: The information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, I have placed in the Library of the House, the MOD’s expenditure on Management and Business Consultancy, Finance and Accountancy Consultancy, Corporate Governance and Audit Consultancy, and Public/Private Partnership and Private Finance Initiative Consultancy contracts signed in financial year 2006-07 that have passed through a centralised approval process. The figures do not contain spend by the MOD’s Trading Funds or Agencies or on other types of consultancy.

Summaries of the MOD’s expenditure on External Assistance have been placed in the Library of the House on an annual basis since 1995-96. Furthermore, information on organisations, including consultancy firms, paid £5 million or more by the Department in each financial year is published in the UK Defence Statistics. Copies are also available in the House Library.