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Departmental Consultants

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 1209W, on departmental consultants, how many external consultants his Department has used in the last 12 months. (243394)

My Department including agencies and Executive non-departmental public bodies has used 102 external consultants in the last 12 months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 1209W, on departmental consultants, for how long each of the external consultants has worked for his Department. (243396)

Information is not held centrally on how long each of the external consultants has worked for my Department and to provide this information would incur disproportionate costs.