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Departmental Consultants

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which his Department is responsible in 2009. (317654)

Information on the Home Department’s, inclusive of the Criminal Records Bureau, United Kingdom Border Agency and Identity and Passport Service agencies, total consultancy expenditure for the latest financial year available, FY 2008-09, is as follows:

Table 1: Total consultancy expenditure: Home Office headquarters, UKBA, CRB and IPS

Financial year

Expenditure on consultancy services (£ million)

2008-09

139

Information on non-departmental public bodies’ consultancy expenditure for the latest financial year available, FY2008-09, is as follows:

Table 2: NDPBs’ consultancy expenditure

NDPB

FY 2008-09 (£)

Independent Police Complaints Commission

578,000

Independent Safeguarding Authority

405,000

National Policing Improvement Agency

22,000,000

Security Industry Agency

387,000

Serious Organised Crime Agency

1,800,000

Consultancy and advisory services cover the provision to the Home Office of objective advice and assistance relating to strategy, structure, management or operations of an organisation in pursuit of its purposes and objectives. The use of external consultants provides the Department with specialist knowledge, skill, capacity and technical expertise that would not otherwise be available.

The Department’s overall expenditure on consultancy services represents a small part of the Home Office’s overall spend, and at the end of the first half of the current financial year, it stood at some 5.8 per cent. of total overall expenditure, down from 8 per cent. in the previous year.

The Department has in place a series of workstreams designed to bear down on departmental reliance and expenditure on consultancy and other external resources, including being the first Government Department to have introduced (in 2009) prescribed daily fee rates for contractors.