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.