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Departmental Consultants

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what contracts his Department has with external consultants; what the total value, including all VAT and disbursements, of these contracts are for the current financial year; how long each contract lasts; and what the forecast total value is of each contract. (163805)

Our records show the total number of live contracts with external consultants as at 1 October 2007 was 256; the estimated value of these contracts for the current financial year is £40.5 million; and the estimated value of these contracts over their contractual period is £89.9 million.

To list these contracts to estimate the forecasted total value for each contract and the duration of each contract would all exceed the disproportionate cost threshold.