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Volume 688: debated on Tuesday 23 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many consultants the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has employed since 1 January; what they were employed to do; and at what cost. [HL876]

The table provides an analysis of payments made for consultancy expenditure since 1 January 2006 to 14 December 2006, linked to the associated consultancy projects.

Expenditure since 01/01/06

Subject of Consultancy


Child protection workshop


Electronic document records management


Project adviser for capital projects


Editorial services on architecture policy


Consultation on strategy for sport


Eel research project


Article 4 and 10, tendering and site visit checks for European Union angling and water recreation development programmes


Exercise to identify DCAL Inland Waterways and Inland Fisheries land and property assets and to scope the work and costs involved in proving legal title


Research on the social and economic impact of recreation fisheries, angling and angling resources in Northern Ireland


Otter and whooper swan survey at Tiraroe, Derrylin


Flora and fauna survey on Upper Lough Macnean


Report on Fisheries Conservancy Board financial projections to March 2007


Internal audit


Staff opinion survey


Accountancy services


Public Sector Quality Group customer survey


PRONI new accommodation project


Facilitation of strategic planning exercise


Review of central library


Business continuity plan


Council of Europe Charter for Regional or Minority Languages


Verification of Maid of Antrim European Union project


Independent assessor of Big Lottery


Contribution to a seminar in Greenmount College


Speakers fees for adventure activities seminar


Linfield/Irish Football Association agreement


Northern Ireland Events Company and Rally Ireland arbitration


Assessment and appointment of independent board member


Independent assistance in reviewing a complaint


Legal assistance on proposed Irish language legislation


Charter Mark assessment


Total consultancy expenditure 1 January to 14 December 2006