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Departmental Consultants

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on consultants by (a) his Department and (b) each non-departmental public body of the Department in each of the last three years, broken down by consultancy. (240633)

Consultancy expenditure for the former Department for Education and Skills for 2005-06 and 2006-07 is shown in table 1. Following the announcement of the machinery of Government change on 28 June 2007, which created the Department for Children, Schools and Families, consultancy expenditure for 2007-08 for the new Department is shown in table 2.

Consultancy expenditure can be attributed to individual suppliers only at disproportionate cost.

Table 1: 2005-06 and 2006-07—Department for Education and Skills

£ million

Consultancy expenditure

2005-06

21.5

2006-07

45.1

A further £8 million in 2005-06 and £14 million in 2006-07 were expended on other external expert advisers on education and children’s matters to assist with policy implementation and delivery.

Table 2: 2007-08—Department for Children Schools and Families

£ million

Consultancy expenditure

2007-08

61.4

A further £10.3 million was spent on other external expert advisers.

The Department does not hold information on consultancy expenditure for its non-departmental public bodies.