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Departmental Consultants

Volume 502: debated on Monday 7 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many external consultants work for his Department. (303241)

The Department for Transport does not hold the information centrally and it could be provided only by incurring disproportionate cost. However, following a search across the Department's Human Resources systems, it is known that 146 external consultants work for the Department. The following table provides a breakdown of the number of consultants:

Number of consultants

Department for Transport Central


Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency


Vehicle Certification Agency


Vehicle and Operator Services Agency


Government Car and Despatch Agency




1 The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency figure only includes the number of consultants appointed through their Consultancy and Interim Management Services (CIMS) Framework Agreement. The total number could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

The Driving Standards Agency, Highways Agency and Marine and Coastguard Agency could provide the information requested only at disproportionate cost.