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Veterinary Medicines Agency: Consultants

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Veterinary Medicines Agency spent on consultants in each of the last five years. (282139)

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate spent the following amount on consultants in each of the last five years.

£

2004-05

240,000

2005-06

184,000

2006-07

215,000

2007-08

259,000

2008-09

256,000.

These consultants were engaged to provide additional IT support for the development and maintenance of IT systems and additional scientific expertise to ensure that the assessment of applications for marketing authorisations is completed within the target time scales.