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Departmental Consultants

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 1120W, on departmental consultants, whether the number of consultants given in the answer was included in the figures for number of staff employed by his Department published in its most recent annual report. (321250)

The most recent annual report published was the 2009 Annual report. This report contained figures for Permanently Employed Staff (i.e. staff employed directly by DECC) and ‘Others’ for the period 2008-09. Consultants were included in the total figure for ‘Others’. The answer of 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 1120W, gave the number of consultants employed in DECC during December 2009.