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Departmental Consultants

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much consultants employed by his Department and its agencies have been paid (a) in total and (b) in reimbursable expenses since its inception. (313999)

From the year 2005-06 the figures set out in the table reflect comparable annual consultancy costs for DCSF (from FY 2007-08) and its predecessor Department (DFES) covering both administration and programme costs:

Expenditure on consultants

£ million

2005-06

21.5

2006-07

45.1

2007-08

61.4

2008-09

59.2

Figures for prior years are available for administration costs only as these were not recorded centrally before November 2004.

Figures for reimbursable expenses are not recorded separately to consultancy costs and cannot be provided.

These figures cover the Department itself, we do not separately record the costs incurred by our agencies and NDPBs and are therefore unable to provide this detail.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on consultancy in the latest year for which figures are available. (316571)

Figures for the former Department for Education and Skills show that it spent the following sums from administration costs (the Department's internal running costs) on consultancy from 1997:

£ million

1997-98

3.9

1998-99

5.0

1999-2000

3.7

2000-01

4.3

2001-02

5.0

2002-03

4.0

2003-04

4.7

2004-05

3.9

The costs of consultancy charged to programmes budgets (supporting external front line delivery) before November 2004 was not recorded centrally, and could now be provided only at disproportionate cost. The total cost of consultancy charged to programmes from November to March 2004-05 was £4.4 million.

From the year 2005-06, consultancy costs as a whole have been captured. Set out in the following table are comparable annual consultancy costs for the Department.

Expenditure on consultants

£ million

2005-06

21.5

2006-07

45.1

2007-08

61.4

2008-09

59.2