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Departmental Consultants

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 5 November 2008, Official Report, column 2226W, on departmental consultants, how many security passes her Department has issued to contractors providing consultancy services in the last 12 months; and if she will put in place measures to record the number of external consultants contracted to provide services for her Department. (244836)

The Department does employ consultants for specialist areas of activity. The Department has records of passes issued to external contractors, including consultants. However, the cost involved in confirming the number of passes issued to consultants over the 12 months would incur disproportionate costs in accordance with extant guidelines.