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Departmental Consultants

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2008, Official Report, column 1339W, on departmental consultants, on what projects expenditure was incurred in each of those years; how much was spent on each such project; and which consultants were employed on each such project. (229321)

The answer of 15 October 2008, Official Report, column 1339W, provided the Department for International Development's (DFID) overall expenditure on consultancy contracts for the past five financial years. However, to provide a detailed list of expenditure against individual contracts for each of the last five years would incur disproportionate costs.

A list of all contracts awarded since January 2005 is available on DFID's website:

http://www.dfid.gov.uk/procurement/contractslet.asp

This includes the original contract value and the name of the consultant engaged to deliver each contract. The information published on our website does not cover lower value contracts issued by DFID departments or overseas offices under delegated authority. To provide details of contracts awarded prior to January 2005 would also incur disproportionate costs.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2008, Official Report, column 1339W, on departmental consultants, what his Department’s projected spend on consultants is in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. (229322)

The use of consultancy is determined by the various divisions within the Department for International Development (DFID), on the basis of a clear business case. Most of DFID’s consultancy expenditure is for services to the development programme, rather than for assistance with in-house tasks. The nature of development assistance means that DFID does not produce aggregate forecasts of consultancy expenditure.