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Consultants: Fees and Charges

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 3 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely level of spending by his Department on consultancy fees in the next five years; and what projects he anticipates employing consultants on. (314339)

The Department for Transport does not have an estimate of spending on consultancy fees in the next five years, as the Department’s business plan for 2010-11 has yet to be finalised, and departmental budgets for 2011-12 onwards will be set at the next spending review.

However, the Department is committed to contributing to the Smarter Government savings announced in the 2009 pre-Budget report, which include cutting consultancy spend by 50 per cent. by 2012-13.