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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on (a) written consultations, (b) consultation roadshows and (c) stakeholder focus groups in each of the last three years. (205842)

The following table displays the amount the Northern Ireland Office and its Executive agencies has spent on (a) written consultation, (b) consultation roadshows and (c) stakeholder focus groups in each of the last three years:

£

Written consultation

Consultation roadshows

Stakeholder focus groups

2005-06

4,218.95

6,032.25

2006-07

30,326.24

2,344.78

16,375.02

2007-08

16,426.07

2,875.30

6,878.00

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure his Department has incurred on each such contract to date. (206220)

In each of the last three years the Northern Ireland Office and executive agencies have contracted the following consultants to conduct public participation activities:

Consultant contracted to conduct the public participation activity

Cost of contract to date (£)

2005-06

NI Youth Forum

2,516.44

2006-07

NI Youth Forum

3,130.00

Deloitte1

53,000.00

2007-08

NI Youth Forum

1,007.00

Milward Brown Ulster

21,385.00

1 This company was contracted to carry out a customer satisfaction survey which involved meeting members of the public.