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Departmental Consultants

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of his Department's contracts with management consultants was in each of the last five years. (251367)

The cost of contracts with management consultants is not held centrally. Information in relation to spending on the different types of consultancies has been recorded since 2005-06.

In each of the last three years my Department has spent the following amounts on management consultants:

£

2007-08

126,618

2006-07

461,906

2005-06

1,193 693

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2009, Official Report, columns 988-91W, on departmental consultants, how many consultants from each of the companies listed his Department has employed in the last 12 months. (257268)

The Northern Ireland Office does not record the number of individual consultants used by consultancy firms employed by my Department as contracts are awarded directly to the company.

With reference to the answer given on 18 December 2008, Official Report, columns 988-91W, my Department has employed 32 of the companies listed in the last 12 months.