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Departmental Consultants

Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much consultants employed by his Department have been paid (a) in total and (b) in reimbursable expenses since its inception. (314002)

Since its inception on 3 October 2008 the Department of Energy and Climate Change has spent £10,624,367 on consultancy services.

Examples include advice on Combined Heat and Power, the evaluation of capital grant applications and renewable energy advice for which AEA Technology Services were paid £1,600, 000 a scoping study and the development of the Carbon Reduction Commitment registry for which the Environment Agency were paid £930,000, and analysis to support renewables for which NERA were paid £151,000.

It is not possible to identify all reimbursable expenses without incurring disproportionate costs.