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Departmental Contracts

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on contract and agency staff, with reference to the Standard Chart of Account code 51404000, in 2007-08. (245121)

The Standard Chart of Account code 51404000 which includes Management Consultancy of Business Performance, Financial and Accountancy Services, corporate Governance and Audit is no longer in use. Expenditure on contract and agency staff is now included within overall staff costs.

Using internal management accounts, the Department's final audited outturn on contract and agency staff in 2007-08 was £64 million. This category is for casual labour and employment agencies’ staff employed for less than 11 months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department plans to spend on contract and agency staff, with reference to the Standard Chart of Account code 51404000, in 2008-09 to 2010-11. (245122)

The Standard Chart of Account code 51404000, which covers Management Consultancy of Business Performance, Financial and Accountancy Services, Corporate Governance and Audit, is no longer in use. Expenditure on contract and agency staff is now included within overall staff costs.

Using internal management accounts, the Department's current forecast on contract and agency staff is £77 million. This category is for casual labour and employment agencies’ staff employed for less than 11 months.

The Department's plans for future spend on contract and agency staff are currently being examined in the Planning Round 2009.